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Adam Harris: Fixing racism in higher education

Adam Harris, author of 'The State Must Provide: Why America’s Colleges Have Always Been Unequal — And How To Set Them Right'
Adam Harris, author of 'The State Must Provide: Why America’s Colleges Have Always Been Unequal — And How To Set Them Right'

In 1831, Simeon Jocelyn, a New Haven abolitionist, tried to establish a Black college near Yale.

Now Adam Harris, the author of The State Must Provide: Why America’s Colleges Have Always Been Unequal — And How To Set Them Right, documents this ill-fated attempt — and others nationally — to establish institutions of learning for African-Americans against the tide of public and legislative opposition.

Harris also examines a long history of underfunding Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), established before the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and how Black students are affected, to this day, by a lack of investment and equity in higher education.

What’s next? Harris explains.

GUESTS:

  • Adam Harris - Author of The State Must Provide: Why America’s Colleges Have Always Been Unequal — And How To Set Them Right; Staff Writer, The Atlantic
  • Jane Gates - Provost and Senior Vice President, Academic and Student Affairs, Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU)
  • Orsella Hughes - Executive Director, Prosperity Foundation

Cat Pastor contributed to this show which originally aired September 9, 2021.

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