We’ll find out about how four people became connected and how those connections have changed lives. Esquire executive editor Mark Warren and writer-at-large Tom Junod went to Mississippi and the Gulf after Hurricane Katrina, where they met a woman named Stephanie Lee, whose husband had been killed in Iraq two months earlier and who was 9 months pregnant when Katrina hit. Years later the magazine wrote about a scientist/mathematician named Dr. Eric Schadt. Then, when Stephanie Lee was diagnosed with colon cancer, Warren and Junod connected her with Dr. Schadt, who is now Chairman of the Mount Sinai Department of Genetics and Genomic Sciences and Director of the Icahn Institute for Genomics and Multiscale Biology. He accepted Stephanie into a study on developing a new, personalized means of killing cancers. Junod and Warren are authors of “There’s a Whole New Way of Killing Cancer: Stephanie Lee Is the Test Case” in Esquire.
Mark Warren argues that community organizing is key to address the persistent failure of public schooling in low-income communities. A Match on Dry Grass: Community Organizing as a Catalyst for School Reform, written with Karen L. Mapp, is based on a comprehensive national study, the book presents rich and compelling case studies of prominent organizing efforts in Chicago, New York City, Los Angeles, Denver, San Jose, and the Mississippi Delta. He’s joined by Desiree Pilgrim Hunter, board president and leader of the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition, one of the organizations profiled in the book.