Jonathan Frozol?

OK, OK. It’s kind of silly. But I have Ben & Jerry’s on the brain because we met with them last week – no, not Ben, not Jerry – but a wonderful group of employees who actually decide where the Ben & Jerry’s Foundation money goes. They were in town to visit some of the groups they fund, and PURE is fortunate to be among them.

And they brought coupons. Free pint coupons.

So, here’s the deal. The next three people who register to see Jonathan Kozol this Thursday (register here) and then send me an e-mail using the Contact Us link above will get a coupon for a free B & J pint.  I’ll let you know if you’ve won and you’ll have to find me at the event to claim your prize! Here are the details:

Lecture by Jonathan Kozol, author of Savage Inequalities

September 27, 2012 6pm – 8pm

Northwestern University Law School Thorne Auditorium
375 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60611

Activist author Jonathan Kozol will speak in Chicago – the epicenter of the corporate-style “education reform” storm – on September 27 about his new book Fire in the Ashes: Twenty-Five Years Among the Poorest Children in America.

Kozol argues that there is a profound connection between urban poverty, racism and educational neglect. Today, he says, the public schools and teachers who serve children in poverty are under attack. Kozol, author of a series of notable books about the conditions of children in urban America, will speak in Chicago on September 27. He will address the current, unprecedented assault on public education and on public school teachers.

In Fire in the Ashes Kozol reconnects with some of the children his readers first met in Amazing Grace (1996), Savage Inequalities (1991) and Shame of the Nation (2006) and his other works documenting the social and educational conditions facing urban children. Kozol argues that as a society, we must judge ourselves by the way we treat our children–particularly our poorest children–and that public schools are a critical anchor in a democratic society. He describes vividly the resilient and curious spirits of children growing up in adversity; he asks that we examine the priorities of our society which has seized upon their public schools as a profit center, instead of a sheltering, supportive center of learning.

The event is free. There will be a discussion after Kozol’s talk.

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Julie Woestehoff is PURE's executive director. Julie's work has earned her a Ford Foundation award and recognition as one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in Chicago.