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Ibram X. Kendi, author of ‘How to be an Antiracist,’ to give lecture at Lied Center

Ibram X. Kendi, the award-winning author of How to be an Antiracist, is set to give a lecture at the University of Kansas this fall.

Kendi, also the founding director of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research, will give the Self Graduate Fellowship Symposium lecture, according to a Tuesday news release from Self Graduate Programs.

Kendi is also the author of Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, “which won the 2016 National Book Award for Nonfiction,” according to the release. “At 34 years old, he was the youngest ever winner of the National Book Award for Nonfiction. He is also the author of The Black Campus Movement, which won the W.E.B. Du Bois Book Prize.”

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Kevin Willmott, a professor of film at KU and an Academy Award winner, will join Kendi on stage.

“He is known for work focusing on black issues including writing and directing Ninth Street, C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America, and Bunker Hill,” the release states. “Willmott collaborated with Spike Lee on BlacKkKlansman, for which they won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.”

The lecture, which was initially scheduled for March 2020, is now set for 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7 at the Lied Center, 1600 Stewart Drive.

The talk is free and open to the public, but tickets are required and they will become available in September. More information on tickets is available here.

“The mission of the Self Graduate Fellowship is to identify, recruit, and provide development opportunities for exceptional doctoral students in business, economics, engineering, mathematics, biological, biomedical, pharmaceutical, and physical sciences who demonstrate the promise to make significant contributions to their fields of study and society as a whole,” the release says.

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