[ONLINE] - Adam Harris: The State Must Provide

Why America’s Colleges are Unequal — And How to Set Them Right

Weaving through legal, social, and political obstacles, 2021 National Fellow Adam Harris guides readers through the tangled history of academic inequity in the United States, exposing how the world of higher education has prioritized white students for centuries while leaving Black students behind. This chronicle of academic inequality follows landmark moments, including Plessy v. Ferguson and Brown v. Board of Education, to exhume the truth behind the racial discrimination of American colleges and universities today.

A definitive record of higher education’s century-long failings, The State Must Provide exposes how histories of segregation continue to pervade even the most iconic of American phenomenons: the college experience. While some of these inequities happen in plain sight, like state legislatures’ draining of federal funds from HBCU’s, other, more pervasive manifestations of American racism lurk deeper in the past.

Join the New America Fellows Program and the Education Policy Program for a conversation with Adam Harris and Vann R. Newkirk II about how academic policies have compounded over centuries to create an inequitable system of higher education.

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Adam Harris,
2021 National Fellow, New America
Author, The State Must Provide: Why America's Colleges Have Always Been Unequal and How to Set Them Right

Vann R. Newkirk II
2020 11th Hour Fellow, New America
Senior Editor, the Atlantic

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