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Chancellor's Lecture ft. Jelani Cobb - From Louis Armstrong to the NFL: Racial Protest in America

Wednesday, January 17, 2018,

  • Location: Langford Auditorium

FROM LOUIS ARMSTRONG TO THE NFL: Racial Protest in America

Featuring Jelani Cobb, Ira A. Lipman Professor of Journalism at Columbia University & Staff Writer at The New Yorker

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

KEYNOTE ADDRESS | 6:30–7:30 p.m. | Langford Auditorium | Tickets will not be distributed for this lecture. Admission is free and available on a first-come basis.

 As the current football season winds down, the nation is primed to reflect upon the powerful platform that athletics and entertainment provide for civil rights movements. Join Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos as he hosts Jelani Cobb for an evening exploring this prominent dynamic that continues to drive the narrative of racial unrest and reconciliation in America.

Jelani Cobb is a contemporary intellectual voice exploring the complex history of race in America. In 2015, he received the Sidney Hillman Prize for his columns in The New Yorker, in which he combined “the strengths of an on-the-scene reporter, a public intellectual, a vivid writer, a subtle moralist, and an accomplished professional historian.” Cobb is the author of several books, including The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress.

The Chancellor’s Lecture Series is pleased to partner with Vanderbilt University’s 2018 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration. Please visit vanderbilt.edu/mlk for full details on additional events happening throughout the week.

Parking is available in the 25th Avenue Garage, located near the intersection of 25th and Highland Avenues. Please use the Highland Ave. entrance.

For more information about the lecture series, please visit vanderbilt.edu/chancellor/lecture-series or email cls@vanderbilt.edu. #VUCLS