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National Book Award Winner Delivers 2018 Lobene Lecture in the Humanities

March 28, 2018

National Book Award winner Dr. Ibram X. Kendi will deliver his talk, “How to be an Antiracist,” during the 2018 Lobene Lecture in the Humanities, to be held at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 20, in Cleary Family Auditorium in Kearney Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Dr. Ibram Kendi

Kendi, a nationally recognized scholar of racism and antiracism, is a New York Times best-selling author, whose second book, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America (Nation, 2016), won the 2016 National Book Award for Nonfiction.

Stamped was also a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award, a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and a NAACP Image Award, and was named to several Best Books of 2016 lists, including by the Boston Globe, The Root, Washington Post, and Buzzfeed. The Washington Post also named Stamped the most ambitious book of 2016.

Kendi also wrote the award-winning book, The Black Campus Movement: Black Students and the Racial Reconstitution of Higher Education, 1965-1972 (Palgrave, 2012) and has published 14 essays in books and refereed academic journals, including The Journal of African American History, Journal of Social History, and Journal of Black Studies. He has published commentaries in numerous periodicals, including the New York Times, Salon, Time, and the Chronicle of Higher Education and has provided commentary on a host of local, national, and international radio and television outlets.

A professor of history and international relations and founding director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University, Kendi has received research fellowships, grants, and visiting appointments from a variety of universities, foundations, professional associations, and libraries, including the Library of Congress, National Academy of Education, Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis, Brown University, and Princeton University.

Kendi is the co-editor of the new Black Power Series with NYU Press, and he is the associate editor of Black Perspectives. His next book, which will be published by One World/Random House, is tentatively titled, How to Be an Antiracist: A Memoir of My Journey.

The Lobene Lecture Series is sponsored by Mark Lobene, with support from the School of Arts and Sciences.