Oct. 24, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) announces that best-selling author, journalist, and comic book writer Ta-Nehisi Coates will present the Eighth Annual Michael S. and Kitty Dukakis Public Policy Lecture on Thursday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. in the MCLA Campus Center Gym.

At this public policy lecture, Coates will read from and participate in a moderated conversation about his book, “Between the World and Me,” which was called “essential, like water or air,” by A.O. Scott of The New York Times.

This lecture, which is made possible through the generosity of the Ruth E. Proud Charitable Trust, is free and open to the public. Those who wish to attend are encouraged to arrive early to insure seating. This lecture also will be simulcast in the Sullivan Lounge, in the Amsler Campus Center. Please note: no large bags will be allowed in the gym. All small bags will be checked at the entrance by security.

“A powerful writer, Ta-Nehisi Coates combines his experience as a reporter with historical analysis and his personal narrative as he examines some of the most complex and challenging issues our country faces today,” said John DeRosa, administrator of the Ruth E. Proud Charitable Trust. “I encourage the public to join us as we hear from this award-winning author, who will provide a fascinating look into our nation’s culture, society, and politics.”

“Between the World and Me,” a 2015 number-one, New York Times bestseller, was required or recommended reading at over 400 colleges and universities across the country and at MCLA. 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.

A former national correspondent for The Atlantic, 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.

In addition, Coates is a MacArthur Fellowship recipient, and has won 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.

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 also is working with illustrator Leinil Francis Yu on the next chapter of Marvel’s “Captain America.”

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

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