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Well-known columnists to convene at UofL

by Erman,Linda last modified Jun 17, 2010 12:55 PM

April 15, 2010

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Some of America’s most-read newspaper columnists will be in Louisville April 19–20 and will host a public forum to discuss race and politics.

The forum, on “The Obama Presidency: What’s Race Got to Do With It?” will be 7 p.m. — 9 p.m. at the Floyd Theatre, Swain Student Activities Center, Belknap Campus. The event is free, open to the public, and will be moderated by Louisville Courier-Journal columnist Betty Baye. The audience will have an opportunity to ask questions. Panelists for the discussion include:

  • Wade Henderson , president, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights
  • Mary Frances Berry, professor of American social thought at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Ricky Jones, a Pan-African studies professor and director of the Center for the Study of Crime and Justice in Black Communities at UofL
  • James Chen, dean, UofL Law School and former classmate of Barack Obama
  • Rochelle Riley, Detroit Free Press
  • Elmer Smith, Philadelphia Daily News

The visiting columnists are members of the William Monroe Trotter Group, an organization of black columnists, opinion writers and bloggers, The group was co-founded by DeWayne Wickham of USA Today, Derrick Jackson of the Boston Globe and Les Payne, formerly of Newsday.

The University of Louisville is hosting the 2010 annual meeting of the Trotter Group.

For more information, contact Cindy Hess or Mark Hebert at 852-6171.

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