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Press Release for Friday, August 25, 2017

Author Discusses Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America at UNF

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Director
Department of Public Relations
(904) 620-2102

New York Times best-selling author Ibram Kendi, professor of history and international relations and the founding director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University, will discuss his book, “Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6, in the Andrew A. Robinson Jr. Theater, Building 14A, on the University of North Florida campus.

Kendi is the author of the award-winning book, “The Black Campus Movement: Black Students and the Racial Reconstitution of Higher Education, 1965-1972.” It was published in March 2012 as part of Palgrave Macmillan’s Contemporary Black History Series. His second book, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America,” won the 2016 National Book Award for Nonfiction. At 34 years old, Kendi is the youngest winner of this award.

He has been a visiting professor at Brown University, a 2013 National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow and postdoctoral fellow at the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis. He has also resided at The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress as the American Historical Association’s 2010-11 J. Franklin Jameson Fellow in American History.

Kendi earned his doctoral degree in African American Studies from Temple University. He began his career as an assistant professor of African American history at SUNY Oneonta and SUNY Albany in New York, before moving on to teach at the University of Florida.

A frequent speaker and contributor of op-eds, Kendi has written for several publications, including Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, The New York Times, The Huffington Post and The Chronicle of Higher Education. He is the associate editor of Black Perspectives, the most popular online platform for public scholarship on black life and thought.

This lecture, which is free and open to the public, is part of UNF’s Distinguished Voices Lecture Series. E-tickets are required for this lecture and are available at For more information about this event, contact Dr. John White, UNF associate professor in the Department of Foundations and Secondary Education, at (904) 620-1244.

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