AUBURN, Ala. (EETV) In their continued commitment to the encouragement of intellectual diversity, Auburn University will host first-generation college student and Harvard University assistant professor Anthony Jack on Nov. 7.

The talk is set to take place at 5 p.m. in 2550 Mell Classroom Building at Ralph Brown Draughon Library.

“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Jack on campus to discuss his research on the experiences of low-income students within the academy,” said Taffye Benson Clayton, associate provost and vice president for Inclusion and Diversity. “The continuation of the Critical Conversations Speaker Series explores how our shared values of free speech and civil discourse are being both critically discussed and thoughtfully applied at Auburn University.”

The sociologist and assistant professor at Harvard University is working to revolutionize how diversity is addressed in education. Jack is also a prize-winning author as his new book, "The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges are Failing Disadvantaged Students," works to transform the conversations being had in higher education surrounding poverty.

Jack's research is highly decorated having been cited by The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Atlantic, The Huffington Post, The National Review, The Washington Post, American RadioWorks, WBUR and MPR. His book was named the 2018 recipient of the Thomas J. Wilson Memorial Prize by Harvard University Press.