With all of the cultural diversity this city is known for, there is one environment that trails behind: our public schools. New York City notoriously has the most segregated school system in the nation, an issue brought to attention recently with the DUMBO rezoning. This Thursday, WNYC hosts “Power Lines: A Conversation on Race, Class and a City and Its Schools” on the segregation apparent in New York public schools. This will be the first event of their ongoing series to explore “intersections between education, integration, gentrification and culture.”
Activist, poet and parent Staceyann Chin to moderate. Panelists will include:
- Nikole Hannah-Jones – Reporter for The New York Times Magazine; also reported the acclaimed This American Life Episode, “The Problem We All Live With”
- Hamilton Harris – Cast member of controversial 1995 film Kids, who is currently developing an all-access documentary on the making of the film and its original cast members (including Rosario Dawson, Chloe Sevigny and Jon Abrahams)
- Collier Meyeron – Reporter at Fusion focusing on race, politics and gender
- Matt Zoller Seitz – Editor in Chief at RogerEbert.com, TV critic for New York Magazine and current Park Slope parent
The event will be held at The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space December 10th at 6 p.m. More information and tickets available here.