Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce

Westfield State University to host “Race, Equality, and the Modern Age of Segregation”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 25, 2019
CONTACT: Troy Watkins,, 413.572.5523

Westfield – Westfield State University will host New York Times reporter and 2017 MacArthur Genius Grant Fellow Nikole Hannah-Jones on March 7 at 6 p.m. in Scanlon Banquet Hall. Part of the University’s Higher Ed/Higher Ground speaker series, the event is free and open to the public.

Her talk, titled “Race, Equality, and the Modern Age of Segregation,” will focus primarily on the history and legacies of racial segregation in the public education and housing systems. Hannah-Jones will speak from her extensive research on the history of racism, school re-segregation, and the disarray of hundreds of desegregation orders.

Hannah-Jones has garnered awards such as the Peabody Award and George Polk Award for radio reporting of her This American Life story, “The Problem We All Live With.” Her reporting has been featured in ProPublica, The Atlantic, The Huffington Post, Essence Magazine, The Week Magazine, Grist, and Politico. She has made appearances on news broadcasts such as Face the Nation, This American Life, NPR, The Tom Joyner Morning Show, MSNBC, C-SPAN, Democracy Now, among others, across the United States. Her upcoming book, The Problem We All Live With, will be published by Penguin/Random House later this year.

Since its establishment in 2016, the Higher Ed/Higher Ground speaker series aims to foster campus-wide discussions about racism, homophobia, xenophobia, and other forms of oppression through programs with an emphasis on social justice.

Founded in 1839 by Horace Mann, Westfield State University is an education leader committed to providing every generation of students with a learning experience built on its founding principle as the first public co-educational college in America to offer an education without barrier to race, gender or economic status. This spirit of innovative thinking and social responsibility is forged in a curriculum of liberal arts and professional studies that creates a vital community of engaged learners who become confident, capable individuals prepared for leadership and service to society.

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