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Our ongoing “Conversations” series features community members having a dialogue with Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh director Dr. Lauren Apter Bairnsfather. This summer’s conversations will center around the theme of “The Power of the Individual”.

Jason England is an Assistant Professor of English at Carnegie Mellon University who has written extensively on race, sports, and societal issues, and recently co-authored an essay criticizing the weakness of the university response to the killing of George Floyd that was published in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Jason was born and raised in New York City, where he spent his youth between a welfare hotel for the homeless in Times Square and a Harlem housing project. He has been a soda salesperson, a camp counselor, a parking lot attendant, a waiter, a bartender, a civil rights activist, a dean of college admissions, an adjunct professor, a visiting lecturer, and a distinguished lecturer. He graduated from Wesleyan University with high honors and three awards for fiction; got his MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop; and was the Carl Djerassi Fiction Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute.

Jason’s short fiction has been anthologized, and his essays on race, sports, and societal issues have appeared in various publications, including Sports Illustrated, The Root, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. He is concurrently finishing his first novel and a collection of essays.

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Holocaust Center Conversations Series: Jason England

Monday, Jul. 27 @ 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM


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