Revolutionary: A Conversation with Nikole Hannah-Jones at Wesleyan

Frank Center for Public Affairs 238 Church Street, Middletown

In these turbulent times, journalism, like democracy itself, feels more revolutionary than ever as the boundary between journalism and activism blurs. Please join us for a conversation with Nikole Hannah-Jones, the Pulitzer Prize-winning creator of the 1619 Project and a staff writer at The New York Times Magazine, about journalism, social justice, and the praise and backlash that reporting provokes. Hannah-Jones has spent her career investigating racial inequality and injustice, and her reporting has earned her the MacArthur Fellowship, known as the Genius grant, a Peabody Award, two George Polk Awards and the National Magazine Award three times. Joining her in this conversation are Tracy Heather Strain, Corwin-Fuller Professor of Film Studies, and Robyn Autry, associate professor of sociology and director of the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life. Provost and Senior Vice President Nicole Stanton will provide introductions. This event is sponsored by the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life with support from the Wintman Family. For more information  

Adam Gopnik: To Fix Democracy, Figure Out What’s Broken at Wesleyan

Frank Center for Public Affairs 238 Church Street, Middletown

Join celebrated writer Adam Gopnik, best known for his essays in The New Yorker, for an impassioned talk on the need to protect democracy at such a fractious time in American political history. “When democratic practices are in power, they look boringly normal; it’s startling to realize how fragile they really are, and how hard they are to recover when they’re gone. Cicero blithely believed that the institutions of the Roman Republic were so strong and long-standing that friends and colleagues like Octavian and Mark Antony couldn’t really be capable of ending them. They were. The successful defense of democracy at times demands a price so high that we tend to have amnesia about it afterward.” —Adam Gopnik in The New Yorker For more information