GAMBIER — Jelani Cobb, a New Yorker writer known for his insightful articles on the complexity of race in America, speaks Wednesday, April 18, at 8 p.m. in Kenyon College’s Rosse Hall, 105 College Drive. His address, titled “The Half-Life of Freedom: Race and Justice in America Today,” is free and open to the public.

In 2015, Cobb received the Sidney Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism for his New Yorker columns, in which he combined “the strengths of an on-the-scene reporter, a public intellectual, a teacher, a vivid writer, a subtle moralist and an accomplished professional historian.” His articles for the New Yorker include “The Anger in Ferguson,” “Murders in Charleston” and “What We Talk About When We Talk About Reparations.”

Cobb, who teaches in the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, also is the recipient of the 2017 Walter Bernstein Award from the Writers Guild of America for his investigative project “Policing the Police,” which aired on PBS’s “Frontline” in 2016.

“Jelani Cobb consistently takes a thoughtful approach to examining the nuances of racial identity and the role it plays in society, from police shootings to the movie ‘Black Panther.’ His work has become even more vital as our country grapples with increasing divisiveness,” Kenyon College President Sean Decatur said. “I have long admired his writing, and I’m thrilled to welcome him to Kenyon as we continue to consider the issue of race in America as well as our own goal of becoming a more inclusive campus community.”

In addition to his evening address, Cobb will participate in a public conversation with Decatur on Thursday, April 19, at 11 a.m. in the Gund Gallery’s Community Foundation Theater, 101 1/2 College Drive. The pair will answer questions on topics including diversity, inclusion and free expression.

Cobb’s visit to Kenyon is sponsored by the Office of the President. For more information, contact the Office of the President at 740-427-5111.



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