Grinnell College Organizes Book Group Discussions of Jonathan Kozol’s Shame of the Nation in Advance of Author’s Visit this Fall

Free books available for residents interested in joining book group

Friday, Jun. 27, 2014 7:15 pm

Grinnell, Iowa - Area residents are invited to join book group discussions of Jonathan Kozol’s Shame of the Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America in advance of the author’s visit to Grinnell College this November.

Copies of Kozol’s book will be available in the Pioneer Bookstore beginning July 1. If you would like a copy, but would have difficulty affording one, please contact Ashley Schaefer (Schaefer@grinnell.edu) to receive a copy.

Book group discussions will be held Thursday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. at Drake Library; Wednesday, Nov. 5, at 4:15 p.m. at Saint’s Rest; and Thursday, Nov. 6, at noon in Room 101 of the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center on the Grinnell College campus.

Discussion leaders will be announced this fall.

Kozol will deliver a free, public lecture Friday, Nov. 7, at 7:30 p.m. at Herrick Chapel.

Published in 2005, Shame of the Nation is based on interviews with teachers, students and principals at more than 60 public schools across the U.S. In a strong, compelling voice, the book lays out the discrepancies between inner-city and suburban schools, and describes a return to segregation in our urban schools. The Chicago Tribune described the book as “a vividly written account from the frontlines of ‘apartheid education.’” Barbara Ehrenreich noted, “Only a writer of Jonathan Kozol’s wisdom and passion can assess [segregation’s] terrible price, one child at a time.”

Jonathan Kozol has been working with children in inner-city schools for nearly 50 years. A non-fiction writer, he received the National Book Award for Death at an Early Age, a 1967 book about the Boston Public School system. He also is the author of Savage Inequalities and Amazing Grace, among others. His most recent book is Fire in the Ashes: Twenty-Five Years Among the Poorest Children in America, published in 2002.

Jonathan Kozol’s November visit to Grinnell College is sponsored by the Grinnell Careers in Education Professions program, the Office of the President, and the Rosenfield Program in Public Affairs, International Relations, and Human Rights.