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A Conversation with Damon Young: Race, Culture, and Politics in the Age of New Media

January 25, 2018 
4:30 PM
McConomy Auditorium, Cohon University Center


Join CMWA in attending "A Conversation with Damon Young: Race, Culture, and Politics in the Age of New Media." ​This event is part of CMU's celebration of the life & legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

We'll meet in Kirr Commons at 4:20 PM and then grab seats together in McConomy.

"A Conversation with Damon Young: Race, Culture, and Politics in the Age of New Media"

Damon Young is co-founder and editor in chief of VerySmartBrothas, a columnist for and a founding editor of 1839. He is also senior editor of The His work has been featured in numerous publications and platforms, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, Ebony, MSNBC, BET, Slate, Salon and USA Today. In 2016, he was named to The Root 100, an annual list of the most influential African-Americans in the fields of business, science, politics, technology, social justice, sports and entertainment. With his own brand of comic perspective, Damon engages audiences with raw and provocative commentary on the popular issues and, at times unpopular topics that make up today's news headlines.

This conversation offers participants an opportunity to gain a broader view of the struggles those in today's marginalized communities face, as well as insights on social change that will expand your outlook on subjects from race relations to cultural divides.

A full schedule of events celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr is available at​.

Below are a few highlights:

MLK Service Opportunities

Saturday, Jan. 20, 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Check in at Danforth Lounge
​Join Partners Allied in Civic Engagement (PACE) as we complete a variety of projects around the city as a campus community to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Register to participate

Tuesday, Jan. 23, 4:30 p.m., Danforth Conference Room, CUC
Please join fellow CMU community members for a signature service project focusing on challenges facing the homeless. The bagged lunch project will benefit the Light of Life Rescue Mission’s Emergency Shelter Program.

MLK Keynote: Dr. Carol Anderson: “Reframing Conversations about Race: The Unspoken Truth.”

Tuesday, Feb. 13, 4:30 p.m., McConomy Auditorium, CUC
Dr. Anderson’s research and teaching focuses on ways that domestic and international policies intersect through the issues of race, justice and equality in the United States.

Deliberative Forum: Free Speech, Inclusion & Campus Policy

Saturday, March 3, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Rangos 1&2, CUC
A structured dialogue about freedom of speech and expression taking into account the interplay of rights and responsibilities within institutions of higher education. Lunch will be provided.