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Educating Harlem Lecture: Grand Simplification: Historical Illiteracy in the Age of Mass Incarceration, with Khalil Muhammad

Dr. Khalil Muhammad is the Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at The New York Public Library. Muhammad is a former professor of African American history at Indiana University. He spent two years as an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Vera Institute of Justice before joining the faculty of Indiana University. Muhammad is the author of The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America. His research interests include 20th century U.S. and African American history and the links between race and crime that have shaped and limited opportunities for African Americans. Dr. Muhammad received a BA in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, and a PhD in American History from Rutgers University.

Persons interested in attending are encouraged to rsvp by Monday, April 22nd.

Where: 306 Russell, with reception following in 305 Russell


The Educating Harlem Lecture Series provokes us to rethink the stories we tell about learning, schooling, and community, and to reimagine the place of history and humanistic inquiry in education today. Invited scholars have defined their scholarship, and their lives as scholars, in ways that challenge conventional boundaries between historical research, writing, teaching, and engagement with public life. Speakers offer stories of the place of learning and schooling in communities that focus on Harlem and extend beyond its borders.

Educating Harlem is sponsored by the Teachers College Institute for Urban and Minority Education and the Center on History and Education, the Program in History and Education, the Office of the Provost, and Gottesman Libraries.

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