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Ta-Nehisi Coates: World View Lecture

Monday, April 3, 2017 06:30 pm

Location: Wharton Center

Ta-Nehisi Coates will be visiting MSU as a World View lecturer.  Tickets to the Wharton event are free to students, faculty and staff.
Over the last few years Ta-Nehisi Coates has established himself as among America’s most important writers. Time magazine has described him as “one of America’s most compelling and thoughtful voices” and Toni Morrison has likened his significance to that of James Baldwin. Coates’ books and articles are so powerful, accessible and rigorous that they have reached an exceptionally wide audience and encouraged a broadening of the national debate about race and racism.

His 2014 Atlantic essay, ‘The Case for Reparations’, is a brilliant account of the racial injustices that persist after two hundred fifty years of slavery, ninety years of Jim Crow, and thirty-five years of discriminatory housing policy. Every bit as clear-eyed is Coates’ 2015 Atlantic article,

'The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration', a damning critique of America’s penal policy and the damage it has wrought to African American families. In addition, Coates is the author of two intensely moving memoirs, The Beautiful Struggle and Between the World and Me, the latter of which won the 2015 National Book Award for Nonfiction. It was no surprise last year when Coates received a MacArthur ‘Genius’ Fellowship: very few writers combine scholarly excellence and journalistic flair with such skill. A master of multiple genres, more recently

Coates has written the text for the best-selling Marvel comic, Black Panther; is working on an HBO series about the Civil Rights Movement; and continues to write for a wide range of newspapers and magazines.