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Social Activist Jonathan Kozol to Speak at FSU

Jonathan Kozol, social activist, educator and author of eight award-winning books, will speak at Frostburg State University on Tuesday, March 13, at 8 p.m. in the Alice Manicur Assembly Hall in the Lane Center. The presentation is free and open to the public.

The theme of Kozol's lecture will be "Ordinary Resurrections" which is also the title of his latest book. Kozol's earlier works and their subjects include: "Death at an Early Age" (inner-city schools); "Illiterate America" (illiteracy); "Rachel and Her Children" (homeless families); "Savage Inequalities" (disparities in American school systems); and, "Amazing Grace" (the children, clergy and parents of the South Bronx).

Kozol, a Harvard graduate and Rhodes scholar, writes on the issues of race, poverty and education. According to a 1998 interview in Technos Quarterly, Kozol was profoundly affected by the 1964 murder of three civil rights workers in Mississippi and immediately volunteered to teach at a Boston freedom school. He later joined the Boston public school system, an experience that gave birth to "Death at an Early Age," a 1968 National Book Award Winner. Kozol has continued to champion the cause of those forgotten by mainstream America.

The lecture is part of FSU's Diversity Week and is being sponsored by a number of groups and individuals on campus and in the community. Sponsors include the FSU Student Government Association, the Diversity Center, the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost, Vice President of University Advancement Gary Horowitz, Honors Program, College of Education, College of Business, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Student Education Association and Psychiatric Associates of Cumberland.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call (301) 687-4102, TDD (301) 687-7955.

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of News and Media Services
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-3171
Fax: 301-687-7589