Please Join the LPE Project on Tuesday, January 23rd at 12:10 – 1:10 PM for a lunch talk with sociologist, advocate, and policymaker Nikhil Goyal. Dr. Goyal will be in conversation with Professor Samuel Moyn (Chancellor Kent Professor of Law and History at Yale University) to discuss his latest work, Live to See the Day: Coming of Age in American Poverty (Metropolitan Books, 2023), hailed as “A Best Book of 2023” by The New Yorker.
Live to See the Day offers a heart-rending study of the lives of three extraordinary Puerto Rican children – Ryan, Giancarlos, and Emmanuel – growing up in Kensington, Philadelphia, America’s poorest large city. Drawing from nearly a decade of reporting, the book follows Ryan, Giancarlos, and Emmanuel on their mission, plunging deep into their lives as they strive to resist their designated place in the social hierarchy. In the process, Dr. Goyal confronts a new age of American poverty, after the end of “welfare as we know it,” after “zero tolerance” in schools criminalized a generation of students, after the odds of making it out are ever slighter.
Nikhil Goyal has made significant contributions to policy and public discourse, particularly in the field of education and child welfare. He has served as a senior policy advisor for Senator Bernie Sanders, developing key federal legislation and educational programs. He earned his B.A. at Goddard College and M.Phil and Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge.