As a juror in a murder trial (the murders took place in a NYC housing project), Efrem realized the verdict wasn’t the end of the story. To understand why the young men in the trial were cutting school, joining gangs and winding up in jail, he spent the next two years visiting housing projects, police precincts and schools in East Harlem. “Juror Number 2: The Story of a Murder, the Agony of a Neighborhood” is the result.
With the national conversation revolving around inequality, including the nexus of poverty, crime, substandard housing and failing schools, “Juror Number 2” brings these issues to life in vivid detail. Sigel tells the dramatic story of a murder trial—the opposing lawyers, the judge, the witnesses, his fellow jurors—and then takes the reader on his quest to understand the experiences of young men growing up in this environment.
His presentation will touch on key moments of the trial and his subsequent search for why. And he will highlight a handful of striking successes: schools that work among many that do not, nonprofit leaders meeting the heroic challenge of steering young men away from trouble and toward productive lives. Two leaders from East Harlem will join Efrem. The event concludes with a Q&A about the book and its lessons for social policy.
The publisher will ship copies of “Juror Number 2: The Story of a Murder, the Agony of a Neighborhood” within 24 hours of receipt of order and shipping time is estimated at 2 to 5 business days. Contact: https://www.thewriterspress.com/
Obviously in-person book signings are not possible but if you wish, you can request a copy signed by the author (no personal dedication) at the time of ordering, by sending a separate email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Participants must register by August 26th to receive details on joining the discussion.
Please note that no refunds will be issued.
Efrem is a graduate of Harvard College, has an MBA from HBS, was a Peace Corps volunteer, started and sold two business information companies and is a published author (two novels, dozens of short stories). As a project coordinator on the Education Committee of HBSCNY Community Partners, he has led pro bono projects for education organizations around the city, including several in East Harlem.
Meg Langan is a consultant to small and medium-sized businesses, focusing on strategic, financial, and people issues; she was previously chief of staff in the Office of the President at Cowen & Co. Passionate about improving the lives of NYC youth, she’s been a decade-long member of the Education Committee of HBSCNY Community Partners. She has a BA from Boston College and an MBA from HBS.
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