MEDIA ADVISORYDisturbing History of Race & Slavery at Core of America’s Top Universities:Chronicled in EBONY AND IVY, by MIT Professor Craig Steven WilderNYT Editorial Writer Brent Staples to Moderate Panel – with Columbia University Scholar, Author Dr. Farah Jasmine Griffin Among Panelists – to Discuss the New Book; Reception and Book Signing at The Riverside ChurchThe New York Times’ Brent Staples to moderate a discussion amongst a distinguished group of panelists on American History Professor Craig Steven Wilder’s new book, EBONY AND IVY: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities (Bloomsbury, 2013). The acclaimed author chronicles the untold story of how the African slave trade generated the wealth that raised many of America’s most prestigious institutions – from Harvard, Yale, and Princeton to Rutgers, and Williams College. A searing look at how the Academy came to frame enduring ideas in support of slavery and racism that shape our nation today.Panelists: Dr. Farah Jasmine Griffin, Professor, English, Comparative Literature, & African American Studies, Columbia University; Dr. Elvin Montgomery, Professor, Researcher/Appraiser African American Material Culture; Dr. Emily Anderson,Professor and Chairperson, Dept. of Social Sciences & Human Sciences, BMCC; Dr. Frederick Newsome, MD, Physician, Harlem Hospital and African/African American History Researcher/Author.Open to the general public, with media personalities, scholars, educators, community leaders, faith leaders, and public officials expected among attendees.Event Location: The Riverside Church, in the Assembly Hall490 Riverside DriveNY, NY 10027Author Bio: Craig Steven Wilder, professor, American History, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has taught at Williams College and Dartmouth College. He was recently featured in the news-making documentaryThe Central Park Five. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.Moderator Bio: Brent Staples, journalist, author and member of The New York Times Editorial Board where he writes about Education, Criminal Justice, Politics and Culture. He obtained his Ph.D. from The University of Chicago, and lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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The Riverside Church, Education Ministry
The Riverside Church is an interdenominational, interracial, and international congregation. It is most known for being an arena for global and national activism, and social and political debate. Famed speakers included Martin Luther King Jr., Cesar Chavez, Fidel Castro, Nelson Mandela, and former President William J. Clinton.