Wednesday, September 23, 2015


Ta-Nehisi Coates—Award-Winning, Best-Selling Author of Between the World and Me—to Visit HU

WASHINGTON (September 23, 2015) –– Ta-Nehisi Coates, author of the New York Times bestseller Between the World and Me (Random House, 2015) and National Book Award nonfiction nominee, will be on campus Wednesday, October 7, for a full day of interaction with Howard students and members of the Howard community. His visit will culminate in a major address and book-signing event at Cramton Auditorium at 7:00pm. The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required.

The Baltimore-born Coates attended Howard in the 1990s, where his publisher-father was a librarian at the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center. He will be meeting with various classes during the day to discuss the trajectory and impact of his skyrocketing journalistic career writing and blogging for The Atlantic and The Village Voice. He will later attend a private reception held in his honor, hosted by the Oracle Set Book Club Foundation and sponsored by the departments of English and Afro-American Studies and the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center.

Between the World and Me is one of two core texts selected for this year’s University-wide freshman seminar and for select first-year writing courses. It is thus required reading for nearly 1,700 Howard students who will use it throughout the semester to address the broad theme “Citizenship and Being” and to explore the course’s cross-disciplinary framing questions that engage students multilaterally with Africa and the Diaspora and inspire them to link ideas and contemporary social questions to original research.

Tickets for Coates’ Cramton presentation can be obtained from the office of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (Locke Hall, Suite 101; 202-806.6700), the Afro-American Studies Department office (Founders Library, Room 311; 202.806.7242), the Founders Library Access Services/Circulation Desk (2nd floor; 202.806.7250), the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center Reading Room (Founders Library, 1st floor; 202.806.4237), and the Howard University Barnes & Noble Bookstore (2225 Georgia Avenue NW; 202. 238.2640).

For more information, contact the Howard University Media Relations Office at 202.238.2335.