The Columbia Public Writing Series

Critical Race Theory and Writing for the General Reader Featuring Jelani Cobb, Ira A. Lipman Professor of Journalism, Columbia Journalism School

Thursday, November 11 at 5:30 PM – 6:45 PM (EST)

Virtual Event:
Moderated by Amy Hungerford, Executive Vice President for Arts and Sciences and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences; Ruth Fulton Benedict Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University; and Fredrick C. Harris, Professor of Political Science; Dean of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Columbia University

Reading: The New Yorker, The Man Behind Critical Race TheoryDownload the PDF

The late legal scholar Derrick Bell is considered to be one of the founding scholars of Critical Race Theory. Columbia University Professor of Journalism Jelani Cobb, a staff writer at The New Yorker magazine, recently published a profile of Professor Bell, examining Professor Bell’s work and legacy in the context of heightened public discourse on CRT. On November 11, Professor Cobb will speak about his own work, writing on race, politics, history, and culture, and he will discuss his approach to conveying academic ideas – like Critical Race Theory – while writing for a public audience.

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