We invite you to join us for part one of our 13th annual ND Reads author talk with Francisco Jimenez on Wednesday, October 9, 7:00pm.

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2019-20 ND Reads Selection - Reaching Out by Francisco Jimenez

From the perspective of the young adult he was then, Francisco Jiménez describes the challenges he faced in his efforts to continue his education. During his college years, the very family solidarity that allowed Francisco to survive as a child is tested. Not only must he leave his family behind when he goes to Santa Clara University, but while Francisco is there, his father abandons the family and returns to Mexico. This is the story of how Francisco coped with poverty, with his guilt over leaving his family financially strapped, with his self-doubt about succeeding academically, and with separation. His telling is honest, true, and inspiring.



About the Author - Francisco Jimenez

Born in Tlaquepaque, Mexico, in 1943, Francisco Jiménez grew up in a family of migrant workers in California. Jiménez spent much of his childhood moving around California with no permanent home or regular schooling, yet despite incredible odds he went on to have a distinguished academic career. A graduate of Santa Clara University, he also attended Harvard University and received both a Master's Degree and Ph.D. from Columbia University. He went on to become chairman of the Modern Languages and Literatures Department at Santa Clara University, as well as director of the Division of Arts and Humanities there, and has been director of the Mexico Summer Study Program at Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico.

We invite you to join us for part two of our 13th annual ND Reads author talk with Richard Rothstein on Tuesday, November 5, 6:30pm.

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2019-20 ND Reads Selection - The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein

In this groundbreaking history of the modern American metropolis, Richard Rothstein, a leading authority on housing policy, explodes the myth that America’s cities came to be racially divided through de facto segregation―that is, through individual prejudices, income differences, or the actions of private institutions like banks and real estate agencies. Rather, The Color of Law incontrovertibly makes clear that it was de jure segregation―the laws and policy decisions passed by local, state, and federal governments―that actually promoted the discriminatory patterns that continue to this day.




About the Author - Richard Rothstein

Richard Rothstein is a research associate of the Economic Policy Institute, where his recent work has documented the history of state-sponsored residential segregation. In addition to his duties at the Economic Policy Institute, he is a Senior Fellow at the Haas Institute at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of  Grading Education: Getting Accountability Right (2008), Class and Schools: Using Social, Economic and Educational Reform to Close the Black-White Achievement Gap (2004), and The Way We Were? Myths and Realities of America’s Student Achievement (1998), and co-author of The Charter School Dust-Up: Examining the Evidence on Enrollment and Achievement (2005); and All Else Equal: Are Public and Private Schools Different? (2003). From 1999 to 2002, he was the national education columnist for the New York Times. Mr. Rothstein lectures widely about issues of equity, race, and education. His many articles on these topics, as well as videos and audios of many of his lectures, can be found here.







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