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Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Correction! The time for our Community Conversation next Tuesday is 7:00
We kick off our September events next Tuesday evening at 7:00
... with a special community conversation about a subject that has been much in the news lately-race. Randall Kenan andTim Tysonwill lead a discussion focusing on Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates' powerful, enlightening book-length letter to his son about growing up black in America. If you have yet to fully figure out this race thing, this event is for you-which means it is for all of us!
RANDALL KENAN and TIM TYSON DISCUSS "BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME" by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Tuesday, September 8, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
Randall Kenan and Tim Tyson will lead a discussion ofBetween the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates' book-length letter to his son about being black in America, the legacy of slavery and current racism and violence. Coates grounds his own experience in the political, economic and historical context of this country. Between the World and Me is not only on the NY Times Best Seller list, but has been the fastest selling book at the Regulator since it first went on sale in July.
"I've been wondering who might fill the intellectual void that plagued me after James Baldwin died. Clearly it is Ta-Nehisi Coates. The language of Between the World and Me, like Coates's journey, is visceral, eloquent, and beautifully redemptive. And its examination of the hazards and hopes of black male life is as profound as it is revelatory. This is required reading."-Toni Morrison
Randall Kenan grew up in rural North Carolina and attended UNC-Chapel Hill. He worked in publishing and taught writing at Sarah Lawrence College and Columbia University. He currently teaches English at UNC-Chapel Hill. Kenan is the author of five books, A Visitation of Spirits, Let the Dead Bury Their Dead, James Baldwin: American Writer (Lives of Notable Gay Men & Lesbians), Walking on Water: Black American Lives at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century, and The Fire This Time.
Tim Tyson also grew up in North Carolina. He attended UNC-Greensboro, Emory and Duke. Tyson has been a professor of history, Afro-American studies and American studies. He currently has a joint appointment with Duke and UNC-CH. Tyson's books include Democracy Betrayed: The Wilmington Race Riot of 1898 and Its Legacy, Radio Free Dixie: Robert F. Williams and the Roots of Black Power, and Blood Done Sign My Name.