About the event

The CUNY Academy for the Humanities and the Sciences is thrilled to present contributors of the new groundbreaking book The Children of the People: Writings by and about CUNY students on race and social justice for a virtual reading and discussion about the book and spaces of resistance and radical possibility within our university!

Please join editors Robin McGinty, Rose M. Kim, and Grace M. Cho who will provide an overview of the book followed by readings from contributors Samrah Shoaib, Wanett Clyde, Connie Gemson, and Rose M. Kim then open up the discussion with the audience. Contributor and co-organizer Emily Tai will introduce and moderate the event.

Click here to join this event via Zoom (starting at 3:OO PM EST)

MEETING ID: 850 0858 8382 PASSCODE: 903493

The recently published volume The Children of the People presents autoethnographic personal essays, scholarly articles, poems, and two original plays by more than 30 contributors. In the wide-ranging volume, contributors question the notion of meritocracy in a society riven by inequalities across the lines of race, class, gender, and nativism, and describe lives fueled by rage over injustice and filled with the love and sacrifices of family, community, and organizing. Challenging the neoliberal logic whereby college is primarily viewed as vocational training, the essays speak to the importance of cultivating critical analysis, self-reflection, and broader civic engagement.

"In this provocative and passionate edited collection—of personal narratives by students and faculty who have studied or worked (and sometimes both) at the City University of New York—we are reminded of the transformative possibilities of public higher education. As detailed in these beautiful, soulful reflections, its remarkable origins of educating the whole people, pushed forward by historic struggles to make the invisible visible, demonstrates just how vital CUNY is and continues to be worth fighting for."

-Robin G. Isserles, PhD, Professor, Sociology, Borough of Manhattan Community College of the City University of New York.



CUNY March in Harlem

CUNY March in Harlem (courtesy of Katherine McCaffrey.)

CUNY March in Albany

CUNY March in Albany (banner in front of building). Photo courtesy of Katherine McCaffrey