MIAMI, Jan. 15, 2020 — Miami Dade College’s (MDC) North Campus, through a partnership with Miami Book Fair, the English and Communications Department and Student Life, will host Harvard professor, sociologist and author Dr. Anthony Abraham Jack. He will visit MDC as part of North Campus’ African American Read-In, an event that honors the works and contributions of African-American authors. This activity free and open to the public will be held Monday, Feb. 3, at 10 a.m.
During the activity, Miami-native Dr. Abraham Jack, a junior fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows and assistant professor of Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and author of The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges Are Failing Poor Students, will share his experience transitioning from South Florida to an elite college in New England with local students. Later that day, he will visit the Carrie P. Meek Entrepreneurial Education Center in Liberty City where he will deliver a keynote address to faculty, staff, and community leaders.
Dr. Anthony Abraham Jack holds the Shutzer Assistant Professorship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. His research documents the overlooked diversity among lower-income undergraduates: The Doubly Disadvantaged, those who enter college from local, typically distressed public high schools and the Privileged Poor, those who do so from boarding, day, and preparatory high schools. His scholarship appears in the Common Reader, Du Bois Review, Sociological Forum, and Sociology of Education and has earned awards from the American Sociological Association, Eastern Sociological Society, and the Society for the Study of Social Problems. He has held fellowships from the Ford Foundation and the National Science Foundation and was a 2015 National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellow. The National Center for Institutional Diversity at the University of Michigan named him a 2016 Emerging Diversity Scholar. The New York Times, Boston Globe, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Huffington Post, The Nation, The National Review, Commentary Magazine, The Washington Post, The Hechinger Report, Financial Times, Times Higher Education, Vice, Vox, and NPR have featured his research and writing as well as biographical profiles of his experiences as a first-generation college student. The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges Are Failing Poor Students is his first book.
The National African American Read-In is the nation’s first and oldest event dedicated to diversity in literature. It was established in 1990 by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month. This initiative has reached more than 6 million participants around the world.
WHAT: Lecture by Dr. Anthony Abraham Jack
WHEN: Monday, Feb. 3, 10 – 11 a.m.
WHERE: MDC’s North Campus, Bldg. 3, Room 3249, 11380 NW 27th Ave.
For more information, please call 305-237-1163.