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Bill Ayers To Speak At Busboys & Poets

by Prince Of Petworth November 11, 2008 at 11:20 pm 26 Comments

2007_bill_ayers, originally uploaded by BHowdy.

I’m dying to know what you guys think about this talk.

From an email:

Book Talk with Bill Ayers
The controversial Chicago activist comes to DC

Bill Ayers’ name has been in the news lately, though most of the coverage hasn’t been about his new book, City Kids, City Schools: More Reports from the Front Row – or its well-known companion, City Kids, City Teachers: Reports from the Front Row. A respected elementary education theorist and a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Education, Ayers comes to Busboys and Poets at 14th and V Streets to drop a few metaphorical bombshells on the state of public education in urban schools courtesy of our partner Teaching for Change who invited us to co-sponsor this event.

City Kids, City Teachers shed light on student life in urban public schools and commented on issues faced by city students, from language, race and class to culture, poverty and violence. Twelve years later, City Kids, City Schools picks up where its companion left off, connecting life in city schools to life in the surrounding neighborhoods. Contributors take on topics from culturally relevant teaching to gentrification in a collection that multicultural education writer Sonia Nieto says “challenge[s] the conventional wisdom of what it means to teach in urban schools.”

Ayers knows well the need to improve urban education, a concern he shares with DC VOICE and its supporters. His call to action will likely resonate with our community, which is why we extend this invitation to you to hear Ayers speak.

Monday, November 17, 6:30p – 8:00pm
Langston Room at Busboys and Poets
2021 14th St
NW DC 20009


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