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WIU to Host Professor Ibram X. Kendi April 11

April 3, 2024

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MACOMB, IL - - Western Illinois University-Macomb will host "A Conversation with Professor Ibram X. Kendi," National Book Award-winning historian and #1 New York Times-bestselling author of "Stamped from the Beginning and How to Be an Antiracist," from 7-8 p.m April 11, University Union Heritage Room, followed by a book signing. The Quad Cities will stream the event in Riverfront 111 and discuss the viewing. Advanced registration is required for both Macomb and Quad Cities.

Kendi is the author of "Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America," which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction, making him the youngest author to win that award. He also authored the international bestseller, "How to Be an Antiracist," which was described in the New York Times as "the most courageous book to date on the problem of race in the Western mind." Kendi's other bestsellers include "How to Raise an Antiracist and Antiracist Baby," illustrated by Ashley Lukashevsky. In 2020, Time magazine named Kendi one of the 100 Most Influential People in the world. He was awarded a 2021 MacArthur Fellowship, popularly known as the Genius Grant.

Seating is limited and we recommend registering as soon as possible. This event will prioritize WIU students, faculty, staff and administrators, but local educators and community members are also welcome if space permits. Faculty can count this event toward service.

This conversation is funded by the Healing Illinois Grant from the Illinois Department of Human Success. Event sponsors include WIU Department of Political Science, Justice, Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity (JIDE), the Anitracism Taskforce, The Office of the President, the Multicultural Center, the WIU Foundation and an anonymous donor.

For more information, contact Julia Albarracin at

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