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"Coates has become one of the most influential black intellectuals of his generation, joining predecessors including Ms. [Toni] Morrison, Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., and Dr. Cornel West."
The New York Times
Drawing comparisons to James Baldwin and hailed by the late Toni Morrison as "required reading," MacArthur Fellow Ta-Nehisi Coates has emerged as one of our most vital public intellectuals. He is the author of the National Book Award-winning Between the World and Me, as well as the acclaimed bestsellers Beautiful Struggle and We Were Eight Years in Power. His first novel, The Water Dancer, was released in September 2019. Coates is a distinguished writer in residence at NYU's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute and was a national correspondent for The Atlantic, where he wrote about culture, politics and social issues. He is also the current author of the Marvel comics The Black Panther and Captain America. HBO will release an adaptation of Between the World and Me this fall, featuring an all-star cast including Oprah Winfrey and Angela Bassett that incorporates documentary footage from the actors' home life, archival footage and animation.
This presentation will be followed by a Q&A moderated by Terrance Wooten, professor in the UCSB Department of Black Studies.
Race to Justice Lead Sponsors: Marcy Carsey, Connie Frank & Evan Thompson, Patty & John MacFarlane, Sara Miller McCune, Santa Barbara Foundation, Lynda Weinman & Bruce Heavin, Dick Wolf, and Zegar Family Foundation
UC Santa Barbara Campus Partners:
Department of Black Studies, Center for Black Studies Research, Division of Social Sciences, Division of Humanities and Fine Arts, Division of Mathematical, Life, and Physical Sciences, Division of Student Affairs, Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, Graduate Division, Bren School for Environmental Science & Management, College of Creative Studies, College of Engineering, MultiCultural Center, Carsey-Wolf Center, UCSB Library | UCSB Reads, Office of the Chancellor, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor
Community Partners: Natalie Orfalea Foundation & Lou Buglioli
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