Race and America discussion is March 1

Editors from Washington Post and TIME magazine to participate

A discussion about politics, the press, history and race in America will take place on March 1 at the John Seigenthaler Center at Vanderbilt University.

The forum, titled “How Did We Get Here and What Does it Mean? Politics, the Press, History and Race in America,” is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the John Seigenthaler Center, 1207 18th Ave. S. It will be moderated by John M. Seigenthaler, a veteran newscaster and senior counsel at Finn Partners and the son of the center’s namesake.

Participants include:

  • David Von Drehle, an editor-at-large for TIME magazine. Von Drehle is the author of Abraham Lincoln and America’s Most Perilous Year and has written for TIME about President Trump and his chief White House strategist, Steve Bannon;
  • David Maraniss, associate editor for The Washington Post and a biographer of Presidents Clinton and Obama. Maraniss is the Distinguished Visiting Professor of Political Science at Vanderbilt; and
  • Frank E. Dobson Jr., associate dean of students and director of the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center at Vanderbilt.

The March 1 forum is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons, the Department of Political Science and the Office of Academic and Faculty Affairs, all at Vanderbilt.

John Seigenthaler, the editor emeritus of The Tennessean, founder of the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt and special assistant to Attorney General Robert Kennedy, died in 2014.