Ta-Nehisi Coates Presentation
April 04, 2017
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Calihan Hall, McNichols Campus
University of Detroit Mercy presents Author, Journalist, Educator and Recipient of 2015 National Book Award for Nonfiction Ta-Nehisi Coates. Coates will deliver the keynote presentation, “Between the World and Me,” at 6:30 p.m. in Calihan Hall. This presentation is open to everyone; general admission tickets are available for $10 (admission is free to Detroit Mercy students and colleagues with Detroit Mercy ID).
Tickets by mail: If you have ordered tickets to be delivered by mail, you should receive them the week of March 27.
Sponsored by: University of Detroit Mercy Office of the President, Office of Academic Affairs, Student Life and College of Liberal Arts & Education, BLAC Detroit magazine, The Michigan Chronicle.
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 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.” His book is written in the form of a letter to his teenage son, Samori. In 160 pages, it moves from Baltimore to Howard University to New York City to Paris, France, addressing what it means to be black in America. The book received the 2015 National Book Award for Nonfiction.
Coates’s debut book, The Beautiful Struggle, is a tough and touching memoir of growing up in Baltimore during the age of crack. A former Village Voice writer, Coates is the Journalist in Residence at the School of Journalism at CUNY and is a national correspondent for the Atlantic magazine. He was previously the Martin Luther King Visiting Associate Professor at MIT, and has been awarded the Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism. He is the winner of a 2015 MacArthur Fellowship. See the press release online for more information.