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Ta-Nehisi Coates at Brandeis University

The Civil War and Emancipation
  in the Age of Obama

Public lecture with Ta-Nehisi Coates, 
Senior Editor at The Atlantic 

When: Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 5:00 p.m.
Where: Rapaporte Treasure Hall, Goldfarb Library
Brandeis University

Award-winning writer Ta-Nehisi Coates will speak on "The Civil War and Emancipation in the Age of Obama." Coates is hosted by the Department of African and Afro-American Studies. 

Coates is the 2012 recipient of Hillman Prize for Opinion & Analysis Journalism. In 2011, Time magazine included his blog in their annual list of 25 Best Blogs.

A Civil War scholar, Coates asks in this piece for NPR why more blacks are not interested, invested, or dedicated to studying the war "in which they claimed their freedom."

In "A Muscular Empathy," Coates responds to the Forbes article by Gene Marks "If I Were A Poor Black Kid."

“If you really want to understand slaves, slave masters, poor black kids, poor white kids, rich people of colors, whoever, it is essential," Coates writes, "that you first come to grips with the disturbing facts of your own mediocrity. The first rule is this—you are not extraordinary. It’s all fine and good to declare that you would have freed your slaves. But it’s much more interesting to assume that you wouldn’t and then ask “Why?” The same question could be asked of each of us today—why aren't we doing more to free the slaves in our world today?"

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Cosponsors: Brandeis Black Student Organization, Department of History, the Journalism Program, Office of the Dean of Student Life, and the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism.  

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