Grace A. Tanner Center

2017 Grace A. Tanner Lecture in Human Values – Jelani Cobb

Jelani Cobb

The Grace A. Tanner Center is pleased to announce that the 2017 Grace Adams Tanner Lecture in Human Values will be delivered by distinguished guest speaker, Jelani Cobb.

Jelani Cobb was awarded the Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism and at the prize ceremony in 2015 journalist Hendrik Hertzberg described Cobb’s work as combining the “rigor and depth of a professional historian with the alertness of a reporter, the liberal passion of an engaged public intellectual and the literary flair of a writer.”  Cobb teaches in the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.  He is also a staff writer at The New Yorker, where he 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.”  Cobb was formerly an associate professor of history at the University of Connecticut, where he was director of the Africana Studies Institute.

Cobb has published several books including, Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress, To the Break of Dawn: A Freestyle on the Hip Hop Aesthetic, and The Devil & Dave Chappelle and Other Essays.

Keynote Lecture

Lecture Title: "The Half-life of Freedom: Race and Justice in America Today"

Thursday, March 2, 2017
11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Gilbert Great Hall, Hunter Conference Center


Thursday, March 2, 2017
12:30 pm- 1:00 pm
2nd Floor Lobby of Hunter Conference Center


Thursday, March 2, 2017
2:30 pm-3:30 pm
Southern Utah Museum of Art
13 South 300 West

All events are free and open to the public.