Dr. William Jelani Cobb is an Associate Professor of History and Director of the Africana Studies Institute at University of Connecticut where he specializes in post-Civil War African American history, 20th century American politics and the history of the Cold War.
Dr. Cobb is the author of The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama & the Paradox of Progress (Bloomsbury 2010) and To The Break of Dawn: A Freestyle on the Hip Hop Aesthetic (NYU Press 2007) which was a finalist for the National Award for Arts Writing. His collection The Devil & Dave Chappelle and Other Essays (Thunder’s Mouth Press) was also published in 2007. He is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker where he rights about contemporary racial politics. Dr. Cobb recently received the Hillman Foundation Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism.
The Salon begins at 5:00 PM with a social half hour and the program begins at 5:30 PM.
Check out Dr. Cobb's pieces, including his most recent, "Baltimore and the State of American Cities" and join in on the discussion!
How can journalism bring attention to issues of systemic racism, police brutality, and racial equity? How can we integrate writing, a long used tool for social consciousness, with activism? Do writers have the responsibility to raise awareness on issues or events? What do you think? What will you ask Dr. Cobb? Let us know in the comments!