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Big Night Out! 2024

Saturday, April 27, 2024 | 6 p.m. – 11 p.m. | The Post BK 100 Dobbin St, Brooklyn, NY 11222

Big Night Out! is Manhattan Country School’s annual spring benefit. Revenue raised supports unrestricted operating expenses and the school’s steadfast commitment to sliding-scale tuition. The evening features a cocktail reception, the Living the Dream Mentor Award ceremony, Fund-a-Need, an online auction, dinner and dancing. 

Chris Emdin
Professor / Author/ Consultant / Speaker / Designer / Change Maker

Dr. Christopher Emdin is the Maxine Greene Chair for Distinguished Contributions to Education and Professor of Science Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. He is also the  Director of Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship At the STEAM DREAM and Ideal Lab. He previously served as Robert Naslund Endowed Chair in Curriculum Theory at the University of Southern California, where he was Director of Youth and Community Partnerships at the USC Race and Equity Center. Dr. Emdin is an alumni fellow at the Hip-hop Archive and Hutchins Center at Harvard University, Scholar in Residence at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and was STEAM Ambassador for the U.S. Department of State and Minorities in Energy Ambassador for the U.S. Department of Energy. Dr. Emdin holds a Ph.D in Urban Education with a concentration in Mathematics, Science, and Technology; Masters degrees in both Natural Sciences and Education and Bachelors degrees in Physical Anthropology, Biology, and Chemistry. He is the creator of the HipHopEd social media movement and a much sought after public speaker on a number of topics that include Hip-Hop education, STEM education, politics, race, class, diversity and youth empowerment. He is the creator of the Science Genius BATTLES and the CREATE Accelerator – an initiative that funds non-profits focused on culture and education. He has been named one of the 27 people bridging divides in the United States by Time magazine and the Root 100 list of most influential African Americans. Dr. Emdin is a social critic, public intellectual and science advocate who’s commentary on issues of race, culture, inequality and education have appeared in dozens of influential periodicals including the New York Times, The Wall Street Street Journal and the Washington Post.  He is the author of numerous award winning works; including the Strage Prize awardee, Urban Science Education for the Hip-hop Generation and the New York Times bestseller, For White Folks Who Teach In the Hood and the Rest of Ya’ll too. His latest books are STEM STEAM Make Dream and Ratchetdemic: Reimagining Academic Success.

Manhattan Country School was founded in 1966 on the belief that an intentionally diverse school/community of educators, students and parents could make a difference in the world. Today MCS is a diverse community and model for K-8 progressive education with a strong academic program that centers history, equity, identity, sustainability and social justice. MCS envisions its students as future leaders who champion excellence and justice, compassion and peace, and the rights of all people to racial, economic, environmental, and educational equity.
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