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'Community Conversation on Race: Combatting White Supremacy' with Jelani Cobb  

Cobb Seton Hall University in conjunction with the South Orange and Maplewood Community Coalition on Race will cosponsor a "Community Conversation on Race" on Tuesday, October 20 at 7:30 p.m. The keynote presentation, "Combatting White Supremacy" will be presented by Dr. Jelani Cobb, Columbia University.

Jelani Cobb is an American writer, author, and educator. He is currently the Ira A. Lipman, Professor of Journalism at Columbia University. Cobb was previously an associate professor of history and director of the Institute for African American Studies at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Connecticut. At the Africana Studies Institute, he specialized in post-Civil War African American history, 20th century American politics and the history of the Cold War. He is a staff writer at The New Yorker and joined the Columbia Journalism School faculty in 2016. He has contributed to The New Yorker since 2012 and became a staff writer for the magazine in 2015. He is the recipient of the 2015 Sidney Hillman Award for Opinion and Analysis writing and writes frequently about race, politics, history, and culture. Cobb is also a recipient of fellowships from the Fulbright and Ford Foundations.

He is the author of The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress as well as To the Break of Dawn: A Freestyle on the Hip Hop Aesthetic. His articles and essays have appeared in the Washington Post, The New Republic, Essence, Vibe, The Progressive, and TheRoot.com. His collection, The Devil and Dave Chappelle and Other Essays, was published in 2007. He has also contributed to several anthologies including In Defense of Mumia, Testimony, Mending the World and Beats, Rhymes and Life. He is editor of The Essential Harold Cruse: A Reader.

Born and raised in Queens, New York, he is a graduate of Howard University and Rutgers University where he received his doctorate in American History.

After the Keynote speech, Professor Cobb will present challenge questions to be discussed in small group sessions. All the Seton Hall community is invited to participate.

"We hope these community collaborations will represent another step in a new era in university-community relationships," said Rev. Dr. Forrest Pritchett, Special Assistant to the Provost for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion. "And all are invited."

The Community Coalition on Race, founded in 1996, is an award-winning non-profit agency that is focused on ensuring that the two towns of South Orange and Maplewood are not only welcoming to all but are also pro-active in race relations. Other major programs that they offer, during the year, are "Integration though the Arts," the "Civic Engagement Institute," "How to Teach your Child about Race" and the "Journey to Anti-Racism."

To indicate your interest to be a small group discussion facilitator, please contact Rev. Dr. Forrest Pritchett, Forrest.Pritchett@shu.edu. Please respond by Monday September 19. A brief orientation will be held on Monday evening October 19, to acquaint everyone with the facilitator protocols and the technical aspects of being a virtual room facilitator.  

Click here to register for the "Community Conversation on Race: Combatting White Supremacy" on Tuesday, October 20 at 7:30 p.m. with Jelani Cobb.

Categories: Nation and World

For more information, please contact:

  • Forrest Pritchett
  • (973) 275-2363
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