Seminar Series: Ta-Nehisi Coates on “The Case for Reparations”

Date: Thursday, February 19th 2015
Time: from 6:00 - 7:00 PM

Blackman Auditorium
360 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02115

Ta-Nehishi-Coates_V3The University Scholars, Civic Engagement Program, and the John D. O’Bryant African American Institute are pleased to welcome journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates to Northeastern.

Tickets will be available for free to Northeastern students, faculty and staff through the "My Tickets" feature of MyNEU.

A national correspondent for the Atlantic, Ta-Nehisi Coates has penned many influential articles, including a 2014 cover story on slavery and race, “The Case for Reparations,” which became one of the most talked-about pieces of nonfiction in recent memory. Last year, Coates’s lively Atlantic blog was named by Time as one of the 25 Best in the World.

Coates is a former writer for The Village Voice, and a contributor to Time, O, and The New York Times Magazine. In 2012, he was awarded the Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism. Judge Hendrik Hertzberg, of The New Yorker, wrote, “Coates is one of the most elegant and sharp observers of race in America. He is an upholder of universal values, a brave and compassionate writer who challenges his readers to transcend narrow self-definitions and focus on shared humanity.”

Coates's appearance is part of the Scholars Seminar on Leadership, Research, and Innovation, a semester-long series of events featuring thought leaders and change makers from both inside and outside the university. Future visiting speakers, to which all Northeastern students, faculty, and staff are invited, include Laverne Cox (January 26), Jose Antonio Vargas (March 19), and Naomi Klein (April 16). Check the University Scholars website for more details on future speakers as at the events draw closer.