FRESH AYERS: Gregory Michie - "Same as It Never Was" with Bill Ayers

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Gregory Michie

“From his classroom on Chicago’s South Side, Greg Michie chronicles a teacher’s uncompromising love and commitment for his students in spite of unrelenting bureaucratic hurdles, institutional racism, and societal neglect. The result is another honest, complicated, and ultimately beautiful book that defines public education today.”Sonia Nieto, professor emerita, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and coauthor of Teaching, A Life's Work

A discussion with Gregory Michie, author of Same As It Never Was. He will be joined in conversation with Bill Ayers. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion.

At 57th Street Books

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About the Book: After a decade as an education professor, Greg Michie decided to return to his teaching roots. He went back to the same Chicago neighborhood, the same public school, the same grade level and subject he taught in the 1990s. But much had changed—both in schools and in the world outside of them. Same As It Never Was chronicles Michie’s efforts to navigate the new realities of public schooling while also trying to rediscover himself as a teacher. Against a backdrop of teacher strikes and anti-testing protests, the movement for Black lives and the deepening of anti-immigrant sentiment, this book invites readers into an award-winning teacher’s classroom as he struggles to teach toward equity and justice in a time where both are elusive for too many children in our nation’s schools.

About the Author: Gregory Michie teaches 7th- and 8th-graders in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood. He is the author of Holler If You Hear Me: The Education of a Teacher and His Students; See You When We Get There: Teaching for Change in Urban Schools; and We Don’t Need Another Hero: Struggle, Hope, and Possibility in the Age of High-Stakes Schooling.

About the Interlocutor: Bill Ayers is a social justice activist, teacher, Distinguished Professor of Education (retired) at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and author of two memoirs, Fugitive Days and Public Enemy


Event Location: 
57th Street Books
1301 E 57th Street
Chicago, IL 60637