Col: Ed Boland with Marie Myung-Ok Lee on "The Battle for Room 314"

Event date: 
02/17/2016 - 7:00pm

Join us on Wednesday, February 17 at 7pm for a discussion with Ed Boland on his new book, The Battle for Room 314. Marie Myung-Ok Lee will join in conversation.

Synopsis: In a fit of idealism, Ed Boland left a twenty-year career as a non-profit executive to teach in a tough New York City public high school. But his hopes quickly collided headlong with the appalling reality of his students' lives and a hobbled education system unable to help them: Freddy runs a drug ring for his incarcerated brother; Nee-cole is homeschooled on the subway by her brilliant homeless mother; and Byron's Ivy League dream is dashed because he is undocumented. In the end, Boland isn't hoisted on his students' shoulders and no one passes AP anything. This is no urban fairy tale of at-risk kids saved by a Hollywood hero, but a searing indictment of schools that claim to be progressive but still fail their students. Told with compassion, humor, and a keen eye, Boland's story is sure to ignite debate about the future of American education and attempts to reform it.


Ed Boland has dedicated his entire professional life to nonprofit causes, predominantly educational institutions, as a fundraiser and communications expert. Boland was an admissions officer at his alma mater, Fordham University, and later at Yale, and lived in China as a Princeton in Asia Fellow. He lives in New York with his husband.

Marie Myung-Ok Lee teaches at Columbia University. Her next novel is forthcoming with Simon & Schuster in 2016. She writes regularly for The New York Times, Slate, The Guardian, The Nation, The Atlantic, Five Chapters, and Salon. She was the first recipient of a creative writing Fulbright Fellowship to South Korea, was a judge for the National Book Awards, won the Richard Margolis award for social justice reporting, and was a finalist for the United States Artists Fellowship. Previously, she taught at Brown and Yale.
Event address: 
450 Columbus Ave
New York, NY 10024
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The Battle for Room 314: My Year of Hope and Despair in a New York City High School Cover Image
By Ed Boland, Author (Read by)
$26.00
ISBN: 9781455560615
Availability: Not in Stock - Available for special order
Published: Grand Central Publishing - February 9th, 2016