Otterbein Vernon L. Pack Lecture Confronting the Truth about Inequalities in America’s Schools

Posted Apr 01, 2021

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones and bestselling author and educator Jonathan Kozol, two civil rights champions of different generations, will bring their unique perspectives to the Vernon L. Pack Distinguished Lecture Series at Otterbein University. The moderated discussion, Confronting the Truth about Inequalities in America’s Schools, will be streamed online at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 12, and is free and open to the public. Registration is now open. 

Hannah-Jones and Kozol are two powerful and tireless voices that have deepened our understanding of the connections between race, equity, and education.  

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Hannah-Jones covers racial injustice for The New York Times Magazine, and has spent years chronicling the way official policy has created — and maintains — racial segregation in housing and schools. Her deeply personal reports on the black experience in America offer a compelling case for greater equity.    

She has written extensively on the history of racism, school resegregation, and the decades-long failure of the federal government to enforce the landmark 1968 Fair Housing Act. Most recently, she is known as the lead writer on The New York Times‘ major multimedia initiative, The 1619 Project.


Kozol is a Rhodes Scholar, former fourth grade teacher, passionate advocate for child-centered learning, and one of the most widely read and highly honored education writers in the nation. In his New York Times Bestseller, The Shame of the Nation, a description of conditions that he found in nearly 60 public schools, Kozol wrote that inner-city children were more isolated racially than at any time since federal courts began dismantling the landmark ruling in Brown v. Board of Education.  

He continues to visit children in their classrooms and to defend the dignity of hard-working and devoted teachers after more than 50 years as an educator and activist. 

Register now to hear from these prestigious activists about the past, present, and future of inequality in schools.