SouthBound: Tony Jack On His Journey From The Streets Of Miami To Harvard Yard

May 1, 2019

I met Tony Jack 10 years ago when I was on a fellowship at Harvard. It was the first day of a sociology class I was taking. Tony walked in looking like an NFL lineman – tall and thick and wearing a track suit. Then, the professor had us introduce ourselves. And about 10 seconds after Tony started talking, I knew he was the smartest one in the class.

He has spent his life outperforming expectations. He has made it from a poor neighborhood in Miami to his own job teaching at Harvard. And now he has written a book called “The Privileged Poor” about the realities of class division at elite universities. We talk about his book, his life, and his thoughts on the recent college admissions scandal. 

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Show notes:

Other music in this episode:

  • Lee Rosevere, "Let That Sink In"
  • Lee Rosevere, "Systematic"

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