The Race, Education and Democracy Lecture and Book Series, a collaborative effort of Simmons College and Beacon Press, brings prominent scholars to Boston annually to deliver three public lectures on the topic of Race, Education and Democracy. These lectures form the basis for a book to be published by Beacon Press.
This Lecture and Book Series aims to reestablish in the public imagination the historic connection between public education and the possibility of a robust democracy, against the backdrop of the issue of race in America.
The Series is aimed at a broad audience and presents educational issues in all their complexities, in readily accessible language. The Series proceeds on the assumption that public education is at the center of American public life and that discussions about critical educational issues need to occur in the public domain and engage Americans from different backgrounds in thoughtful and complicated conversations.
We are pleased to announce that NELLY ROSARIO and PATRICK SYLVAIN will deliver the 2015 lectures. The overarching theme of their lectures is Race, Immigration and Education: Possibilities, Dilemmas, and Complexities.
NELLY ROSARIO is the author of Song of the Water Saints: A Novel, a PEN/Open Book Award winner. A celebrated and award-winning writer, she is working on her next novel and collaborating with poet Sheila Maldonado and multimedia journalist Macarena Hernández on desveladas, a graphic-narrative project. She was formerly Visiting Scholar at MIT in Comparative Media Studies/Writing and is Associate Director of Writing for the Blacks at MIT History Project.
(Photo of Nelly Rosario by Sandro Moran).
PATRICK SYLVAIN is a poet, essayist, translator, and academic. His writings have appeared in academic and literary journals, books and magazines. He has authored five books of poetry. His essays are anthologized in numerous collections including, The Idea of Haiti: Rethinking Crisis and Development, edited by Millery Polyné and Politics and Power in Haiti, edited by Paul Sutton and Kate Quinn. He is on the faculty of Brown University's Center for Language Studies.
(Photo of Patrick Sylvain by T.S. Jalane).
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