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Public Policy Lecture Series

In 2008, MCLA announced the establishment of the Public Policy lecture series, making public policy forums an ongoing part of the College's long-term speaker offerings, in complement to MCLA's major in political science and public policy.  The series is made possible through the generosity of the Ruth E. Proud Charitable Trust. 

8th Annual Michael S. and Kitty Dukakis Public Policy Lecture

Ta-Nehisi Coates

National Book Award winner and author of the Black Panther and Captain America comic books

Ta-Nehisi Coates

 

 

Thursday, November 8, 2018, 7 p.m.
Amsler Campus Center Gymnasium

Free and Open to the Public,
Information: 413.662.5224
   

 

Ta-Nehisi Coates has emerged as one of the most important voices of our time. His powerful writing combines reportage, historical analysis, and personal narrative to address some of America’s most complex and challenging issues pertaining to culture and identity. Called “essential, like water or air,” by A.O. Scott of The New York Times, his 2015 book, Between the World and Me, was a #1 New York Times bestseller and winner of the National Book Award and the NAACP Image Award. His most recent book, We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy, is a collection of his essays on the Obama presidency and its aftermath.

In his work as a National Book Award-winning writer and a National Correspondent for The Atlantic, Ta-Nehisi Coates has emerged as an essential voice for our times. His award-winning writing combines reportage, historical analysis, and personal narrative to address some of America’s most complex and challenging issues pertaining to culture and identity.

Exhibiting a preternatural ability for articulating the ways in which America’s history has informed its current condition, Coates has been compared to James Baldwin and praised as “required reading” by Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison. He addresses audiences across the country on urgent cultural topics, including discriminatory housing policies, mass incarceration, deleterious interpretations of history, and his personal experiences growing up as an African American male in the United States.

Coates’s newest book, We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy, is a collection of his writing from the Obama era, including never-before published essays. "In addition, since 2016 he has collaborated with illustrator Brian Stelfreeze to write Marvel's Black Panther graphic novel series. His Black Panther story, “A Nation Under Our Feet,” was nominated for a Hugo award for Best Graphic Story. He is also working with illustrator Leinil Francis Yu on the next chapter of Marvel's Captain America.

His 2015 book Between the World and Me was a #1 New York Times bestseller, as well as required or recommended reading at over 400 colleges and universities across the country. Structured as a letter to his teenage son, it moves from Baltimore to Howard University to New York City to Paris, addressing what it means to inhabit an African American body in today’s America.

Ta-Nehisi Coates grew up in West Baltimore and attended Howard University. He currently lives in New York with his wife and son, and is a Distinguished Writer in Residence for New York University’s Carter Journalism Institute.

Guaranteed seating for MCLA students at the Public Policy Lecture with Ta-Nehisi Coates

All students may join the Early Entry Line at the Sullivan entrance to the  Amsler Campus Center Gym from 6 to 6:15 p.m. on Thurs., Nov. 8 for the Public Policy Lecture with Ta-Nehisi Coates.

 Please note:

  • The Early Entry Line includes FYE students and will open at 6 p.m. and close at 6:15 p.m. -  Anyone in line by 6:15 p.m. will be allowed to proceed through security before the general public. No late comers for early entry.
  • You must provide your MCLA student ID - (No guests)
  • No large bags allowed in the gym. (Small bags will be checked at security.)
Please note: no large bags will be allowed in the gym. All small bags will be checked at the entrance by security.

Past speakers of the Michael S. and Kitty Dukakis Public Policy Lecture:

2017: Jeffrey Toobin

2016: Cokie Roberts

2015: Ray Kurzweil

2014: Jose Antonio Vargas

2013: Ambassador Andrew Young

2012: Senator George J. Mitchell

2011: Dr. Robert Gates

 

Past speakers of the Public Policy Lecture Series:

2018: Clint Watts

2017: The Honorable Jane Swift

2016: Panel - Joe Thompson, Julia Bowen, Thomas Krens, Kathy Lloyd '13, Mitch and Seth Nash, Brad Svrluga

2015: Cheryl Jacques

2014: Gloria Steinem

2013: Irshad Manji

2012: Zainab Salbi

2010-2011: Vandana Shiva; James Carville and Mary Matalin

2009-2010: Paul Rusesabagina; Lisa Cortes, Jonathan Kozol, and Carole Simpson

2008-2009: Bob Woodward; David Plouffe