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Ta-Nehisi Coates Coming to UO!

Ta-Nehisi Coates, Author of this year’s Common Reading, Between the World and Me, will be coming to speak February 3rd at Matt Knight Arena.



A Deeper Black: Race in America

Ta-Nehisi Coates does not tend to pre-write his keynotes. He talks extemporaneously, forcefully, on the events of the day-sometimes, that literal day-and incorporates themes from his writing. Lately, his focus is on the systemic racism that is inseparable from the growth of the nation: the racist policies that have plundered black bodies, black property, and black lives for economic and social gain. How can we reconcile these acts, many of them ongoing, with the supposedly postracial country some claim we are moving towards? Other related topics include the distressing series of murders of unarmed black people that has rocked the country and dominated headlines. Coates does not offer a casual “snapshot,” does not provide easy answers, and does not dole out false hope. He engages audiences in a meaningful, historically-grounded, up-to-the-minute discussion on what it means to talk-really talk-about race today.


Tickets currently available to UO students.
All seating is general admission for this event (first-come, first-served)
Strict Limit of 2 (two) tickets per student.
Failure to adhere to published ticket limits may result in the cancellation of your entire order.
If you reserved tickets already and you are not a UO student, they are still good.
Guests are prohibited from engaging in photography of any kind. No audio or video recording is allowed.
Tickets available in person at Matthew Knight Arena, the UO Ticket Office in the EMU and