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Colin Greer

Colin Greer

COLIN GREER is President of The Lark’s Board of Trustees and has collaborated closely with Artistic Director John Clinton Eisner in building the company’s unique mission, programs, and infrastructure since he joined the Board in 2001. He has also been President and Chief Executive Officer of the New World Foundation since 1985. Formerly, he was a Professor at Brooklyn College, CUNY.  He participated in and directed several studies of U.S. Immigration and urban schooling policy and history (at Columbia University and CUNY). He wrote briefing papers on philanthropy and government for Hillary Clinton, and on education policy for Senator Paul Wellstone.  He chaired the President’s White House Internship Financial Aid Committee (1992-4) and chaired the Funders Committee for Citizen Participation (for 10 years). His books include (with Herbert Kohl) A Call to Character and The Plain Truth of Things.  Other books include, with Frank Riesman and Alan Gartner, What Nixon is Doing to Us and After Reagan What? He is best known for The Great School Legend and Choosing Equality: The Case for Democratic Schooling (which won the American Library Association’s Eli M. Oboler Intellectual Freedom Award). He was a founding editor of Change Magazine and Social Policy Magazine. He was a contributing editor to Parade Magazine for 17 years.  His best-known interviews were with Mikhail Gorbachev, Billy Graham, and Bishop Desmond Tutu. He also serves on the boards of Stella Adler Studio of Acting (NYC), and Teachers and Writers Collaborative (NYC). He writes non-fiction.  His poems have been published in Transformations and Hanging Loose. Two of his plays, Imagining Heschel and Spinoza’s Solitude, are collected in “Religious Differences Between Artichokes” (Lantern Books) with a Preface by Cornel West. Both plays have been presented widely, including an Imagining Heschel Concert reading with Richard Dreyfuss at the Cherry Lane Theater in 2012 and at the President’s Conference on Faith and Community in Washington, DC in 2013. His play Bombed, about a pilot’s guilt for the bombing of Hiroshima, was performed in New York City in 2015.

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