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Cambridge Rindge & Latin High School in Cambridge, Massachusetts has an extraordinarily diverse student body that reflects the kaleidoscopic racial, ethnic, and economic composition of the city. With over 1500 students speaking over 64 languages, the school mirrors what our guest calls "the new face of America," with its growing populations of Latinos and Asians, Africans and Afro-Caribbeans, and people of mixed heritage. "More communities across America will increasingly look like this one," he says, yet most people lack the ability to talk intelligently and honestly with each other about race.
Our guest is Lawrence Blum, a white college professor who taught a course on Race and Racism at Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School over a span of four years. His new book, High Schools, Race, and America's Future: What Students Can Teach Us About Morality, Diversity, and Community, is the compelling story of what he calls "a remarkable adventure" in teaching – and learning –about race in America, in a multiracial, multi-ethnic classroom.
With Lawrence Blum, the Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and Education and a professor of philosophy at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.
Radio interview by Amy Grunder, first broadcast live on Sounds of Dissent on WZBC 90.3 FM Boston on September 29, 2012.
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