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Lecture: National Book Award Winner Ibram X. Kendi


February 26, 2018

7:00 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.

Ballroom, Student Union, McNichols Campus

Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, author of the 2016 National Book Award-winning, Stamped From The Beginning: A Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, will speak at Detroit Mercy on Monday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m.  His relentless and passionate research puts into question the notion of a post-racial society and opens readers' and audiences' eyes to the reality of racism in America today. Kendi's lectures are sharp, informative and hopeful, serving as a strong platform for any institution's discussions on racial discrimination.

The 2016 National Book Award Non-fiction Judges Inscription states “Stamped from the Beginning turns our ideas of the term "racism" upside-down. Ibram X. Kendi writes as a thoughtful cultural historian, aware that he is challenging deeply held, often progressive assumptions. Using a masterful voyage through the history of the U.S. political rhetoric, beginning with Cotton Mather and ending with hip-hop, he argues that even the most fervent anti-racists have been infected with that resilient virus. With his learning, he dares us to find a cure. ”

Kendi is Professor of History and International Relations and Director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University, focusing on racist and anti-racist ideas and movements.  He has published numerous academic essays as well as op-eds in publications such as The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Salon, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. He is also the author of the award-winning book, The Black Campus Movement: Black Students and the Racial Reconstitution of Higher Education, 1965-1972.

Tickets for this event are limited, so order today! Registration is required online with the link below. Please make sure to bring your ticket to the event.  Seating is general admission: first come, first seated.

Books will be available at the Detroit Mercy Bookstore and at the event.

We look forward to seeing you at this event! This event is sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs, CLAE, African American Studies, Black Abolitionist Archive, CLASA, Women’s’ and Gender Studies, Departments of English, History, Philosophy, Religious Studies and the Student Life Office.

For more information on Kendi, click here.


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Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, author of the 2016 National Book Award
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