Tonight! Daniel Golden discusses Spy Schools

Friends Author Series

Thursday, November 9th

7pm, Library Assembly Room

 Daniel Golden, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author of Price of Admission (2006) to discuss his new book, Spy Schools.

Daniel Golden, Pulitzer Prize winner and senior editor at Propublica, will discuss his new book, Spy Schools: How the CIA, FBI, and Foreign Intelligence Secretly Exploit America’s Universities on Thursday, November 9th at 7pm in the Library Assembly Room.

Grounded in extensive research and reporting, Spy Schools reveals that academic globalization has transformed higher education in the U.S. into a front line for international spying. In labs, classrooms, and auditoriums, intelligence services from countries like China, Russia, and Cuba seek insights into U.S. policy, recruits for clandestine operations, and access to sensitive military and civilian research. The FBI and CIA reciprocate, tapping international students and faculty as informants. Universities ignore or even condone this interference, despite the tension between their professed global values and the nationalistic culture of espionage.

A provocative look at the transformation of academia to a broad chessboard of international espionage.Kirkus Reviews

Golden-Dan-credit-Scott-BronsteinBefore joining ProPublica in October 2016, Golden worked as managing editor for education and enterprise at Bloomberg News. There he edited a series about tax inversions–companies moving headquarters overseas to avoid taxes– that earned Bloomberg’s first-ever Pulitzer Prize in 2015. Golden also won a Pulitzer as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal in 2004 for a series of articles on preferences for children and donors in college admissions. He expanded that series into a critically acclaimed national bestseller, The Price of Admission: How America’s Ruling Class Buys Its Way Into Elite Colleges–and Who Gets Left Outside the Gates, which the Washington Post selected as one of the best non-fiction books of 2006. It has recently drawn renewed attention because of its disclosure that Jared Kushner was admitted to Harvard after his father pledged $2.5 million to the university. ProPublica: The Story Behind Jared Kushner’s Curious Acceptance into Harvard. Golden is also a co-author of “Affirmative Action for the Rich: Legacy Preferences in College Admissions” (Century Foundation Press 2010).

Prior to The Wall Street Journal, Golden spent 18 years as a staff reporter at the Boston Globe, including four years on its Spotlight team. He has won numerous honors aside from the Pulitzer, including three George Polk awards, three National Headliner awards, the Sigma Delta Chi award, the New York Press Club Gold Keyboard award, and two Education Writers Association Grand Prizes. Golden won a Gerald Loeb Award and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2011 for a series of Bloomberg articles on for-profit colleges that recruit soldiers, veterans, the homeless, and low-income students, often to leave them with debt and no degree. He won an Overseas Press Club award in 2012 for a magazine feature about a test-prep firm in China that cracked the code of the SAT.

Golden joined Bloomberg News in 2009 from Conde Nast Portfolio, where he was senior editor for investigations. His Portfolio cover story, “Some Friend,” revealing that Countrywide chief executive Angelo Mozilo provided favorable mortgages to notables including members of Congress and former Cabinet members, prompted a U.S. Senate Ethics Committee investigation. A 1978 Harvard graduate, Golden lives in Belmont, Mass. Some annoyed college administrators have called him a muckraker, or a gadfly. Both are labels he wears with pride.