About Howard Zinn

People’s History: One of ‘The 14 most important books for designers to read right now’

multi-color collage with Fast Company banner In a January 21, 2021 article, Fast Company asked 'top designers and thought leaders to recommend books that designers should read to expand their thinking beyond the traditional design text." A People's History of the United States kicks off the list.

A Remembrance of Howard Zinn

Tribute to Howard Zinn By Sheila Wilensky
"I first encountered Howard Zinn in 1971, when I audited his Civil Liberties course at Boston University. One day he invited students to join him after class at a Vietnam protest on the Boston Common, and I went. Impressed with Zinn’s fervent belief in the power of ordinary people to change the world, I decided to become a high school social studies teacher."

2020 Howard Zinn Memorial Lecture: Ibram X. Kendi

Banner with Boston Univ. logo, potrait of man, and event details The 2020 Howard Zinn Memorial Lecture features Ibram X. Kendi in conversation with Nina Silber on Dec. 7 at 5pm EST. Kendi is professor, anti-racist activist, and historian of race and discriminatory policy, and the founding director of Boston University’s Center for Antiracist Research. Kendi is also the author of the National Book Award winning Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America and New York Times bestselling How to Be an Antiracist.

White House Attacks Howard Zinn, the 1619 Project, and the Zinn Education Project

Trump Attacks Zinn banner At the White House Conference on American History, speakers (including President Trump) attacked Howard Zinn, the New York Times 1619 Project, and the Zinn Education Project. As Brett Wilkins reported at Common Dreams, "Educators fired back a series of tweets defending the project and accusing the president of spreading 'McCarthy-like' and 'fascist' ideas."

New Leadership at Tamiment Library: Shannon O’Neill

Shannon O'Neill was appointed Curator for the Tamiment-Wagner Collections at NYU Special Collections, where the Howard Zinn Papers are housed. O'Neill shared that "Zinn’s words guide my practice and remind me that archives are a site of violence and erasure for people of color, disabled people, poor people, queer people, and so many others within and at the intersections of marginalized identities."

New Edition of Zinn Autobiography, You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train

New edition: You Can't be Neutral on a Moving Train | HowardZinn.org Beacon Press has published an new edition of Howard Zinn's 1994 autobiography You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train: A Personal History in which Zinn tells his personal stories about 50 years of fighting for social change. This updated version includes a foreword by professor of African American Studies and author Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor. We share an excerpt from the foreword.