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Jelani Cobb

Award-winning author and journalist Jelani Cobb will discuss race relations in today's America as part of the fifth annual Lakeland University Community Book Read.

Cobb will deliver a talk entitled "The Half-Life of Freedom: Race and Justice in America Today" on Thursday, April 12, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Bradley Theatre on the Lakeland campus.

The event is free and open to everyone.

Cobb is appearing as part of the LU Community Book Read, which this year invites the community to read the award-winning "Between the World and Me" by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

A discussion of Coates' book will be held on April 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the Rocca Room at Mead Public Library in downtown Sheboygan. Lakeland faculty members Peter Sattler and Lex Cade-White will facilitate a discussion exploring the book and its themes.

Books are available for checkout at Mead. The book discussion is also a free event.

A number of other events are planned, and can be found at

Cobb is the Ira A. Lipman Professor of Journalism at Columbia Journalism School, a staff writer at The New Yorker and a frequent commentator on national television. He is the author of "The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress" and "To the Break of Dawn: A Freestyle on the Hip Hop Aesthetic."

His articles and essays have appeared in the Washington Post, The New Republic, Essence, Vibe, The Progressive and

He is the recipient of the 2015 Sidney Hillman Award for Opinion and Analysis writing and writes frequently about race, politics, history and culture.

Born and raised in Queens, New York, Cobb is a graduate of Howard University and Rutgers University where he received his doctorate in American history.

"Between the World and Me" is the 2015 National Book Award winner, a work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son. Coates shares with his son—and readers—the story of his awakening to the truth about his place in the world through a series of revelatory experiences.

The LU Community Book Read is an opportunity for the greater community to come together with Lakeland students, faculty and staff and discuss good books and powerful stories.

The LU Community Book Read is supported by the Kohler Foundation, Inc. and the Zieve Foundation.

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