This lecture, part of the annual Louis Rukeyser Memorial Lecture series, will take place on Tuesday, November 28th, at 4:30 pm in Arthur Lewis Auditorium (Robertson Hall).
The University Press Club is thrilled to announce that Jelani Cobb, renowned staff writer at The New Yorker, will deliver a lecture entitled “The Half Life of Freedom: Race & Justice in America Today.” Cobb will provide an up-to-the-moment breakdown of the complex dynamics of race and justice in the United States. In the process, he will also address the social implications of the Trump Era, the legacy of a black presidency and more generally, the history of civil rights, violence and racial inequality in the United States.
Cobb has penned a remarkable series of articles about race, the police, and injustice. His articles include: “The Anger in Ferguson,” “Murders in Charleston,” and “What We Talk About When We Talk About Reparations.”
He is also the recipient of the 2017 Walter Bernstein Award from the Writer’s Guild of America for his investigative series Policing the Police, which aired on PBS Frontline in 2016.
Cobb currently teaches at the Columbia University School of Journalism and was formerly Associate Professor of History at the University of Connecticut, where he was director of the Africana Studies Institute. He has received Fellowships from the Fulbright and Ford Foundations.
In 2015, Cobb received the Sidney Hillman Prize for Opinion & Analysis Journalism for his New Yorker columns. In awarding him the prize, the jury wrote, “Cobb met the challenge of describing the turmoil in Ferguson in a way that cut through the frantic chaos of ‘breaking news’ and deepened readers’ understanding of what they were seeing, hearing, and feeling. Ferguson was not an aberration, he showed, but a microcosm of race relations in the United States–organically connected to the complicated legacy of segregation and the unpaid debts of slavery itself.”