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Syracuse University Welcomes Award-Winning Journalist and New Yorker Writer Jelani Cobb

Conversation will focus on race, politics and the news.

Jan. 31, 2020, by A&S News Staff

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Award-winning journalist Jelani Cobb will speak at Hendricks Chapel on February 11 as part of this year's University Lectures series.

As part of this year’s University Lectures series, acclaimed author, educator and journalist Jelani Cobb will be speaking at Hendricks Chapel on February 11 from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. This conversation on race, politics and the news is free and open to all students, faculty and community members. It is co-sponsored by the College of Arts & Sciences and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) and American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation will be available. For more information or to request an accommodation, contact

Cobb is a staff writer for the New Yorker and won the 2015 Sidney Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism. Of his writings about the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014, the jury panel said he “combined the strengths of an on-the-scene reporter, a public intellectual, a teacher, a vivid writer, a subtle moralist and an accomplished professional historian.”

As a leading expert on race, Cobb appeared in Ava DuVernay’s Oscar-nominated Netflix documentary “13th,” which explores the intersection of race, justice and mass incarceration in the United States. He has also been a featured commentator on National Public Radio and a number of other national broadcast outlets.

Cobb’s articles and essays have appeared in the Washington Post, The New Republic, Essence, Vibe, The Progressive and and he is the author of “The 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 and Dave Chappelle: And Other Essays.”

Cobb is a graduate of Howard University and received a doctorate in American History from Rutgers University. He currently teaches at Columbia University, where he is the Ira A. Lipman Professor of Journalism. He was previously an associate professor of history and director of the Institute for African American Studies at the University of Connecticut.

The University Lectures is a cross-disciplinary series that brings to Syracuse University notable guest speakers of exceptional accomplishment who share their talents, experiences and perspectives for the enjoyment of SU students/faculty/staff and the Central New York community.

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