JUNE 26, 2015

To be a professor of color at Columbia University and to be studying race-related topics is to be thoughtful almost all the time—about what is meant by “diversity”, about the best way to communicate findings that threaten a privileged class, about the need for self-care. That’s how I might paraphrase James Baldwin after having been a fly on the wall during a conversation between Carl Hart, Columbia’s first tenured African American professor in the sciences, and Courtney Cogburn, a newcomer to the School of Social Work.

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