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Author Ibram X. Kendi to discuss racism at Vanderbilt forum

by Jan. 26, 2017, 8:30 AM

ibram_kendi_bookThe author of Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America will speak Feb. 1 at Vanderbilt University.

Ibram X. Kendi, assistant professor of African American history at the University of Florida, will give a talk and sign copies of the book beginning at 4:10 p.m. in the Stevenson Center, Room 4309. The event is part of the Emerging Scholars in Arts and Science Lectures, sponsored by the College of Arts and Science and the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at Vanderbilt.

“Some Americans cling desperately to the myth that we are living in a post-racial society, that election of the first black president spelled the doom of racism,” according to a promotion of Stamped from the Beginning on Kendi’s website. “In fact, racist thought is alive and well in America – more sophisticated and more insidious than ever.”

The event is free and open to the public. The Stevenson Center is located at 1225 Stevenson Center Lane on the Vanderbilt campus.

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America won the 2016 National Book Award for Nonfiction.

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