Journalist Jelani Cobb will present the talk “The Half-Life of Freedom: Race & Justice in America Today”on Nov. 28 at 4:30 p.m. in the Woodrow Wilson School auditorium (Arthur Lewis Auditorium). The lecture is sponsored by the Princeton University Press Club.
Cobb, a renowned New Yorker staff writer and author of articles such as “The Anger in Ferguson” and “Inside the Trial of Dylann Roof,” is coming to Princeton University to address the complex dynamics of race and justice in the United States today.
He will provide an up-to-the-moment breakdown of current racial and political dynamics. In the process, he will address the social implications of the Trump Era, the legacy of a black presidency and the history of civil rights, violence and racial inequality in the United States.
During his time at The New Yorker, he has penned a remarkable series of articles about race, the police and injustice. He is also the recipient of the 2017 Walter Bernstein Award from the Writer’s Guild of America for his investigative series Policing the Police, which aired on PBS Frontline in 2016. He currently teaches at the Columbia University School of Journalism and was formerly Associate Professor of History at the University of Connecticut, where he was director of the Africana Studies Institute. He has received Fellowships from the Fulbright and Ford Foundations.
This lecture is part of the annual Louis R. Rukeyser ’54 Memorial Lecture Series.