December 12, 2016

George Scialabba

Harvard Book Store and Mass Humanities welcome GEORGE SCIALABBA, author of What Are Intellectuals Good For? and Divided Mind, for a discussion of his latest book, Low Dishonest Decades: Essays & Reviews 1980-2015. Scialabba will be joined in conversation by Harvard Law School's RANDALL KENNEDY.


Low Dishonest Decades charts the thirty-five years in which income inequality has established itself in America as a fundamental problem. Thomas Geoghegan praises this book as "a matchless political education" by a writer David Bromwich describes as "a keeper of the conscience of American radicalism." George Scialabba's prose is clearly written, humane in outlook and thought provoking, qualities missing from our current public discourse.

About Author(s)

George Scialabba was born and raised in East Boston, MA, and attended Harvard and Columbia. He has been a social worker, a clerical worker, a faculty member of the Bennington Graduate Writing Seminars, and a freelance book critic. His column, "New Thinking," appears bimonthly in the Boston Globe book section. In 1991 he was awarded the Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing of the National Book Critics Circle. He is the author of the widely hailed What Are Intellectuals Good For? and Divided Mind.

Randall Kennedy is the Michael R. Klein Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. He received his undergraduate degree from Princeton and his law degree from Yale. He attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar and is a former clerk to Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. He is the author of Race, Crime, and the Law, a winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award; Interracial Intimacies: Sex, Marriage, Identity, and Adoption; Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome WordSellout: The Politics of Racial Betrayal; The Persistence of the Color Line: Racial Politics and the Obama Presidency; and For Discrimination: Race, Affirmative Action, and the Law.