An Afternoon with Ta-Nehisi Coates, MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Award Winner


This event is NOT open to the general public.


November is CUNY Month!

Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York
Proudly Presents
An Afternoon with Ta-Nehisi Coates

Author of the Acclaimed Book Between the World and Me and a 2015 MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Award Winner

Special Audience – MEC, CUNY Student body, faculty, & special invited guests.

Media Alert & Press Cred. App.:
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Press_Cred App_T Coates_mkl – required for all outlets.


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Friday, November 6, 2015
1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Skylight Cafe, 2nd FL

Medgar Evers College, CUNY
1638 Bedford Ave. (AB1)
Brooklyn, NY 11225


Limited Space.
We recommend that you arrive early.

*RSVP’s will be given priority seating as of 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m., as long as seats are available. However, seats will not be held for individuals nor are guaranteed.

ACCESS CODE REQUIRED – MEC Employees & Students please check your e-mail from 10/21/15 for this information or students ask your professor.


Books will be available for purchase. Due to a rigorous  schedule, the author will not be available to sign copies on-site. 

Raffle for Signed Copies of “Between the World and Me”

Recommended Reading for all attendees (shared with permission):

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From the Book BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Copyright © 2015 by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Reprinted by arrangement with Spiegel & Grau, an imprint of Random House, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.


Ta-Nehisi Coates’s book Between the World and Me is written in the form of a letter to the author’s teenage son, Samori. In 160 pages, it moves from Baltimore to Howard University to New York City to Paris, France, addressing what it means to be Black in America. Slate calls it, “A book destined to remain on store shelves, bedside tables, and high school and college syllabi long after its author or any of us have left this Earth.”

An Atlantic National Correspondent, Coates has written many influential articles, including “The Case for Reparations,” which reignited the long-dormant conversation of how to repay African-Americans for a system of institutional racism that’s robbed them of wealth and success for generations. New York called the George Polk Award-winning cover story “probably the most discussed magazine piece of the Obama era.”

Coates’s debut book, “The Beautiful Struggle,” is a tough and touching memoir of growing up in Baltimore during the age of crack. In 2012, Coates was awarded the Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism. Judge Hendrik Hertzberg, of The New Yorker, wrote, “Coates is one of the most elegant and sharp observers of race in America. He is an upholder of universal values, a brave and compassionate writer who challenges his readers to transcend narrow self-definitions and focus on shared humanity.”

A former Village Voice writer, Coates is the journalist-in-residence at the School of Journalism at CUNY. He was previously the Martin Luther King Visiting Associate Professor at MIT, and has been awarded the Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism. He is the winner of a 2015 MacArthur Fellowship.


This event sponsored by the Center for Black Literature (CBL), and supported by the Office of Communications, the Department of English, the Department of Public Administration, the Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences, the Male Development Empowerment Center (MDEC) and the Office of Student Affairs.