Education Advocate Geoffrey Canada to Speak
Geoffrey Canada, president and chief executive officer of Harlem Children’s Zone, will speak Feb. 10 as part of the Bryan Series.
He has become nationally recognized for his pioneering work helping children and families and for his passionate advocacy for education reform. Harlem Children’s Zone is a 100-block area in Central Harlem where 10,000 children receive a comprehensive range of services from birth to college.
Geoffrey is “one of the best friends children have, or ever will have, in our nation,” according to National Book Award-winning author Jonathan Kozol.
In 2009, President Obama announced plans to replicate the Harlem Children’s Zone model in 20 other cities across the nation. Geoffrey was prominently featured in the 2010 Davis Guggenheim documentary “Waiting for Superman.”
In 2005,US News and World Report named him to its list of America’s Best Leaders. A native of the South Bronx, he earned degrees from Bowdoin College and Harvard School of Education.
The Bryan Series will continue March 28 with former U.S. Sen. Bill Bradley and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in a bi-partisan conversation about how to work together to resolve important issues. The program will be moderated by Gwen Ifill, managing editor of Washington Week on PBS and two-time vice presidential debate moderator.