A Conversation with Bob Moses and Junot Diaz
About Junot Díaz
Junot Díaz was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Drown; The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and This Is How You Lose Her, a New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist. He is the recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, PEN/Malamud Award, Dayton Literary Peace Prize, Guggenheim Fellowship, and PEN/O. Henry Award. A graduate of Rutgers College, Díaz is currently the fiction editor at Boston Review and the Rudge and Nancy Allen Professor of Writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
About Bob Moses
In the 1960s, Mr. Moses was a pivotal organizer for the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), directing its Mississippi Project. He was a driving force behind the 1964 Summer Project and in organizing the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP), which challenged the Mississippi regulars at the 1964 Democratic Convention.
From 1969-76, he worked for the Ministry of Education in Tanzania, where he chaired Samé school math dept. In 1976 he returned to continue doctoral studies in Philosophy at Harvard. A MacArthur Fellow from 1982-87, Mr. Moses used his fellowship to develop the Algebra Project (AP), believing that mathematics literacy in today's information age is as important to educational access and citizenship for inner city and rural poor students as the right to vote was to political access and citizenship for sharecroppers and day laborers in the 60s. As founder and president of the AP, Mr. Moses also serves as director of the AP 's materials development program. See more at http://www.algebra.org. In 2004, with AP board member Danny Glover, Moses and others launched a national discussion calling for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution for Quality Public School Education as a Civil Right. Mr. Moses has received several university honorary doctoral degrees and honors, including Harvard University, the Heinz Award for the Human Condition, the Nation/Puffin Prize for Creative Citizenship.
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