New York Times writer to discuss higher education and social mobility

Paul Tough

Paul Tough, contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine, will discuss his recent book “The Years That Matter Most: How College Makes or Breaks Us” on Thursday, Sept. 19 at 12:30 p.m. in Rm. 120A-B of the Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning, 301 York St. The event, which is co-sponsored by Education Studies, is free and open to the public.

Tough is an American-Canadian writer whose work has been featured in the New Yorker, the Atlantic, and GQ. Additionally, he has worked as a reporter and producer for the NPR program “This American Life.” Tough’s work focuses on education, parenting, equity, and student success. “The Years That Matter Most,” released on Sept. 10, explores the landscape of higher education and its larger implications for social mobility in the United States.

His previous books include “Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada’s Quest to Change Harlem and America;” “Helping Children Succeed: What Works and Why;” and “How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character,” which spent over a year on The New York Times bestseller list

The Poynter Fellowship in Journalism was established by Nelson Poynter, who received his master’s degree in 1927 from Yale. The fellowship brings to campus distinguished reporters, editors, and others who have made important contributions to the media. Among recent Poynter Fellows are Jim VandeHei, Emily Esfahani Smith, and Louisa Lim.

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