No Excuses: Closing the Racial Gap in Learning

WED, APR 7, 2004 (1:30:13)

Abigail Thernstrom, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, and Harvard historian Stephan Thernstrom, discuss their new book about the racial gap in academics.

+ BIO: Abigail Thernstrom

Abigail Thernstrom a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute in New York and the vice-chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. She also serves on the board of advisors of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission and was a member of the Massachusetts state Board of Education for eleven years.

She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Government, Harvard University, in 1975. She is also a recipient of the prestigious 2007 Bradley Prize for Outstanding Intellectual Achievement. She is currently completing a new book: Voting Rights and Wrongs: The Elusive Quest for Racially Fair Elections (2009).

She serves on several boards: the Center for Equal Opportunity and the Institute for Justice, among others. From 1992 to 1997 was a member of the Aspen Institute's Domestic Strategy Group. President Clinton chose her as one of three authors to participate in his first "town meeting" on race in Akron, Ohio, on December 3, 1997, and she was part of a small group that met with the President again in the Oval Office on December 19th.

+ BIO: Stephan Thernstrom

Stephan Thernstrom is the Winthrop Research Professor of History at Harvard University where he teaches American social history. He was born in Port Huron, Michigan and educated in the public schools of Port Huron and Battle Creek. He graduated with highest honors from Northwestern University in 1956, and was awarded the Ph.D. by Harvard in 1962.

He has held appointments as assistant professor at Harvard, associate professor at Brandeis University, and professor at UCLA before returning to Harvard as a professor in 1973. In 1978-1979 he was the Pitt Professor of American History and Institutions at Cambridge University and Professorial Fellow at Trinity College.

His most recent book, co-authored with Abigail Thernstrom, is No Excuses: Closing the Racial Gap in Learning (2003), was the winner of the 2007 Fordham Prize for Distinguished Scholarship. He is also the editor of the Harvard Encyclopedia of American Ethnic Groups, and the author of Poverty and Progress: Social Mobility in a Nineteenth-Century City; Poverty, Politics, and Planning in the New Boston; The Origins of ABCD; The Other Bostonians; Poverty and Progress in the American Metropolis, 1880-1970; and a two-volume survey, A History of the American People.

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