Acclaimed writer Ta-Nehisi Coates will speak in Cambridge next week

On the heels of his number-one bestseller, the ‘Between the World and Me’ author will appear at Harvard.

Author and journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates has become one of our nation’s most esteemed voices on the topic of race relations in America. Coates will appear at Harvard’s Kennedy School on November 11 for “A Conversation with Ta-Nehisi Coates.’’

The event will also feature remarks from Kathryn Edin, a Distinguished Bloomberg Professor at Johns Hopkins University, and William Julius Wilson, a Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor at Harvard. The talk will be moderated by Bruce Western, Sociology Professor and Director of the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy at Harvard.

“Ta-Nehisi Coates is a powerful voice in the current national discussion on race, culture and politics,’’ said Carrie Devine, Director of the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum. “We are pleased that students and community members will be able to engage in a dialogue with Mr. Coates in the Forum.’’


Coates published his first book, a memoir about his upbringing in Baltimore called The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons, and an Unlikely Road to Manhood, in 2008. But it was July’s Between the World and Me, structured in the form of a letter to his teenage son, that put Coates in the national spotlight. That book also gave him the opportunity to write at length about reparation and violence toward African-Americans throughout our nation’s history.

In addition to writing books, Coates works as a national correspondent for The Atlantic, and he received a MacArthur Genius Grant in 2015.

Coates is no stranger to Boston, either. From 2012 to 2014, he was a Martin Luther King Jr. Visiting Scholar in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at MIT. Coates also took over David Carr’s journalism course at Boston University, along with Martin Nisenholtz, for the remainder of the spring 2015 semester after Carr’s passing in February.

“A Conversation with Ta-Nehisi Coates’’ will take place at the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum at 5 p.m. Tickets are free and open to the general public, but will be granted through a lottery. The lottery will close at 11:59 p.m. Thursday, and winners will be notified via email.

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