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MCLA ANNOUNCES FALL SPEAKER SERIES LINE-UP: TA-NEHISI COATES, MARIA HINOJOSA, GALEN NELSON



Sept. 11, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is proud to announce its upcoming fall lecture series, which this year includes best-selling author, journalist, and Marvel Comics writer Ta-Nehisi Coates, Emmy Award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa, and Galen Nelson, senior director of innovation and industry support at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC).

All MCLA fall lecture events are free and open to the public.

Coates will be the featured speaker at MCLA’s Eighth Annual Michael S. and Kitty Dukakis Public Policy Lecture on Thursday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. in the MCLA Campus Center Gym, which is made possible by through the generosity of the Ruth E. Proud Charitable Trust.

Coates, a winner of the National Book Award and the NAACP Image Award, is the author of “Between the World and Me,” a number-one New York Times bestseller in 2015, which was required or recommended reading at more than 400 colleges and universities across the country including at MCLA.

A former national correspondent for The Atlantic, Coates 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.

Since 2016 Coates has collaborated with illustrator Brian Stelfreeze to write Marvel’s “Black Panther” comic book 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.”

Hinojosa will present MCLA’s Hardman Lecture, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11, in the MCLA Church Street Center’s Eleanor Furst Roberts Auditorium. Her lecture is made possible through the generosity of the Hardman Family Endowment.

In 2010, Hinojosa created the Futuro Media Group, an independent nonprofit organization based in Harlem, New York City, N.Y. She is the anchor and executive producer of the Peabody Award-winning show “Latino USA,” which is distributed by NPR, and the co-host of “In The Thick,” Futuro Media’s new political podcast.

In addition, Hinojosa is the anchor and executive producer of the PBS show “America By The Numbers,” the first national television series to examine our country’s dramatic demographic shifts, and “Humanizing America,” a digital video series that deconstructs stereotypes about the American electorate. Her nearly 30-year career as an award-winning journalist includes reporting for PBS, CBS, WNBC, CNN, NPR, and anchoring the Emmy Award-winning talk show “Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One.”

Nelson will present the Elizabeth and Lawrence Vadnais Environmental Issues Lecture on Thursday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. in Murdock Hall, in the Sammer Dennis Room (218). This annual lecture series is named for Professor Lawrence H. Vadnais and is sponsored by the Vadnais Endowment.

At the MassCEC, Nelson leads a team focused on providing targeted, strategic, and timely resources to help clean energy companies and entrepreneurs develop technologies, while moving closer to commercialization and market traction in established and emerging markets. His individual work focuses primarily on microgrids, energy storage, and energy resilience.

Prior to joining the MassCEC, Nelson led clean energy business and green affordable housing policy development efforts at the city of Boston. He has more than 10 years of experience developing programs and policies at the city and state level, often at the intersection of urban planning, economic development, and clean energy.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is the Commonwealth's public liberal arts college and a campus of the Massachusetts state university system. MCLA promotes excellence in learning and teaching, innovative scholarship, intellectual creativity, public service, applied knowledge, and active and responsible citizenship. MCLA graduates are prepared to be practical problem solvers and engaged, resilient global citizens.

For more information, go to www.mcla.edu.