Book Talk: None of the Above

None of the Above: The Untold Story of the Atlanta Public Schools Cheating Scandal, Corporate Greed, and the Criminalization of Educators

Shani Robinson and Anna Simonton

February 13th 6 PM to 8 PM

Room 4202 at the CUNY Graduate Center

In None of the Above, Robinson and Simonton explore how racist policies and practices cheated generations of Black children out of opportunities long before some teachers tampered with tests. Examining the corporate education reform movement, hyper-policing in Black communities, cycles of displacement and gentrification, and widening racial and economic disparities in Atlanta, they reveal how the financially powerful have profited from privatization and the dismantling of public education. Against this backdrop, they cast the story of the cheating scandal in a new light, illuminating a deeply flawed investigation and a circus-like trial spun into a media sensation that defied justice.

Shani Robinson is an alumna of Tennessee State University and taught in Atlanta Public Schools for three years. She’s currently an advocate for trouble youth and their families.

Anna Simonton is an independent journalist and an editor for Scalawag magazine. Her work has been published by The Nation, In These Times, and AlterNet, among others.

Spring 2019 Public Science Project Book Series Events!

These events include:

2/13
None of the Above: The Untold Story of the Atlanta Public Schools Cheating Scandal, Corporate Greed, and the Criminalization of Educators
Shani Robinson and Anna Simonton
6-8 PM (Room 4202)

2/27
New York After 9/11
Editors: Susan Opotow and Zachary Baron Shemtob with contributors Diala Shamas and Charles Jennings6-8 PM (Room 6304.01)

3/04
Psycurity: Colonialism, Paranoia, and the War on Imagination
Rachal Liebert with Sonia Sanchez and Donald Brown
5-7 PM (Room 6304.01)

3/11 Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Trans and Were Afraid to Ask
Brynn Tannhill with Tanya Domi
5-7 PM (Room C198)

5/23 Dissident Knowledge in Higher Education
Michelle Fine (EP Faculty Member), Marc Spooner, Joel Westheimer, Sandy Grande
6-8 PM (Room 6304.01

FACULTY BOOK: SUSAN OPOTOW

New York After 9/11

(Empire State Editions, 2018)

Edited by Susan Opotow and Zachary Baron Shemtob

Contributor(s): Michael Arad, Michael Crane, Brian Davis, Ariel Durosky, Kimberly Flynn, Norman Groner, Lait Helpman, Anne Hilburn, Daniel Libeskind, Charles Jennings, Ari Lowell, Roberto Lucchini, Guillermina Mejia, Hirofumi Minami, Jacqueline Moline, Yuval Neria, Cristina Onea, Susan Opotow, David Prezant, Karyna Pryiomka, Joan Reibman, Diala Shamas, Zachary Baron Shemtob, Micki Siegel de Hernández, Patrick Sweeney and Xi Zhu

An estimated 2 billion people around the world watched the catastrophic destruction of the World Trade Center. The enormity of the moment was immediately understood and quickly took on global proportions. What has been less obvious is the effect on the locus of the attacks, New York City, not as a seat of political or economic power, but as a community; not in the days and weeks afterward, but over months and years. New York after 9/11 offers insightful and critical observations about the processes set in motion by September 11, 2001 in New York, and holds important lessons for the future.

Power, Collective Struggle, and the Poetic Imagination

Mon, Oct 1, 2018, 06:30 PM – 08:30 PM
The Skylight Room (9100)

Join us for the launch of three timely books, Building Power From Below: Chilean Workers Take on Walmart by Carolina Bank Muñoz, Curated Stories: The Uses and Misuses of Storytelling by Sujatha Fernandes, and Landia by Celina Su, that look at the joy and poetry of collective struggles. Panning through the voices of Chilean Walmart workers, Afghan women writers, West Indian domestic workers in New York, and Burmese refugee children in northwestern Thailand, these books explore what it means to tell one’s story, the value and peril of symbolic power, and the poetry at the heart of social struggles in the contemporary world. Authors will discuss themes from their books, followed by a Q & A with the audience.

Co-sponsored by Advanced Research Collaborative (ARC); the Center for Place, Culture and Politics; the PhD Program in Sociology; Gittell Urban Studies Collective; and the Center for the Humanities at the Graduate Center, CUNY.

More info here