Macaulay Honors College is thrilled to host a special in-person event with award-winning journalist and social justice advocate, Professor Evan Mandery, author of Poison Ivy: How Elite Colleges Divide Us. A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School now teaching at John Jay College, Evan has been an outspoken critic of legacy college admissions. His new book offers research that shows how long-established relationships between elite colleges and affluent, white suburbs exacerbate social inequality and hold students back.
Moderator for the evening will be Professor Emeritus, Dr. Stephen Brier, co-author of Austerity Blues: Fighting for the Soul of Public Higher Education.
Join Dean Dara Byrne and members of the Macaulay community for an eye-opening discussion.
This event is open to all. Space is limited and all guests will have to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination.
An Emmy and Peabody award winner, Evan Mandery is the author of eight books and a leading expert on the death penalty. His book A Wild Justice: The Death and Resurrection of Capital Punishment in America, was a New York Times Editors’ Pick and a Kirkus best book of the year. A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, Evan has been an outspoken critic of legacy admissions since publishing an op-ed in The New York Times in 2014. Evan has been a professor for over 20 years at John Jay College of Criminal Justice at the City University of New York.
As a professor in the Graduate Center Ph.D. Program in Urban Education, Stephen Brier taught courses on the history of public education. He founded the Interactive Technology and Pedagogy Certificate Program at the Graduate Center in 2002, served as its coordinator for 18 years, and designed and taught the program’s core courses and independent study program. He is a historian who has published widely on issues ranging from U.S. social and labor history and the history of public higher education to the uses of digital technologies and tools to improve academic teaching, learning, and research. He was the founding director of the Graduate Center American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning, which he headed for 18 years, and was the executive producer of the project’s award-winning “Who Built America?” multimedia curriculum, including textbooks, videos, and CD-ROMs. He has co-produced other award-winning websites, including “History Matters,” the “September 11 Digital Archive,” and the “CUNY Digital History Archive.” He served for 11 years as a senior administrator at the Graduate Center, as the senior academic technology officer and the co-founder and co-director of the Graduate Center New Media Lab. He is co-author of Austerity Blues: Fighting for the Soul of Public Higher Education and also taught labor history at the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies.
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