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U of O School of Journalism: Simulcast of A Deeper Back w/ Ta-Nehisi Coates

  • White Stag Building 70 Northwest Couch Street Portland, OR, 97209 United States (map)

A Deeper Black: Race in America
Ta-Nehisi Coates, author of Between the World and Me, winner of the 2015 National Book Award for nonfiction, national correspondent for The Atlantic.

Join the simulcast event in Portland at the White Stag building, or see below for details about the live event at the Knight Arena in Eugene.

Ta-Nehisi Coates is one of the most original and perceptive black voices today—“the single best writer on the subject of race in the United States” (New York Observer). Coates is the author, most recently, of Between the World and Me, the #1 New York Times bestseller that “will be hailed as a classic of our time” (Publishers Weekly) and which Toni Morrison calls “required reading.”

Ta-Nehisi Coates does not tend to pre-write his keynotes. He talks extemporaneously, forcefully, on the events of the day-sometimes, that literal day-and incorporates themes from his writing. Lately, his focus is on the systemic racism that is inseparable from the growth of the nation: the racist policies that have plundered black bodies, black property, and black lives for economic and social gain. How can we reconcile these acts, many of them ongoing, with the supposedly postracial country some claim we are moving towards? Other related topics include the distressing series of murders of unarmed black people that has rocked the country and dominated headlines. Coates does not offer a casual "snapshot," does not provide easy answers, and does not dole out false hope. He engages audiences in a meaningful, historically-grounded, up-to-the-minute discussion on what it means to talk-really talk-about race today.

The Robert and Mabel Ruhl Endowment, which has supported an annual Ruhl Lecture at the School of Journalism and Communication since 1976, was established by Mabel W. Ruhl, Robert’s widow, to “foster mutually beneficial contact between the School of Journalism and Communication and the mass media.”

It honors Robert W. Ruhl, publisher and editor of the Medford Mail Tribune, who was Oregon’s archetypal crusading small-town newspaperman. His editorial battle against the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s earned him the respect of other Oregon journalists, and his paper’s fight against a radical local “populist” movement brought him the Pulitzer Prize in 1934 for distinguished and meritorious public service. Ruhl died in 1967.

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