Ezra Hyland

University of Minnesota

Ezra Hyland is a teacher educator at the University of Minnesota and is responsible for the University's African-American Read-In (AARI) program. Learn more about the program, some of his favorite AARI events, and his young reading life during elementary and high school. You can read his full biography and also see a complete transcript of the interview below.


Ezra Hyland teaches Multicultural Literature and Thinking Through Art at the University of Minnesota, as well as in the College of Education & Human Development's Post-secondary Teaching and Learning First Year Experience Program. Mr. Hyland is also responsible for the African-American Read-In program at the University. The African-American Read-In is a national effort sponsored by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English to raise awareness of African-American literacy, specifically and American literacy in general. Locally, the CEHD African American Read-In provides opportunities to the Minneapolis community year round. Some of the major efforts of the CEHD Read-In are its chess mentoring program, Black Men Reading, book donations and a speaker series. Mr. Hyland has a M.A. in Urban Counseling from Michigan State University.