On November 20, 2016, Ta-Nehisi Coates will give a talk on race in America at Xavier University as part of the Ethics/Religion and Society lecture series. Ta-Nehisi Coates has emerged in recent years as one of America’s most important critical voices, particularly on issues of race, inequality, mass incarceration, and reparations. His award-winning essay for The Atlantic, “The Case for Reparations,” was widely read and discussed during the summer of 2014 and is now taught in classrooms across the US, including Xavier. His powerful book, Between the World and Me, a letter to his son about race and police brutality, won the National Book Award in 2015 and is a New York Times bestseller.
VIDEO UPDATE: The video of Ta-Nehisi Coates's talk from Nov. 20, 2016 is available here.
This year's Spark event for the First-Year Seminar program is Ta-Nehisi Coates talk. As part of the First-Year Seminar program, Faculty are strongly encouraged to send their students and to consider incorporating Coates's work, talk, and relevant themes into their courses, particularly since his work touches on the greater good from the perspective of race and racial justice. Below are some items that might be useful to First-Year Seminar faculty and others considering incorporating Coates's work into their classes. These pieces deal with his undergraduate experience and learning French.