Due to overwhelming demand, the University of Oregon is making additional tickets available to the lecture by acclaimed author Ta-Nehisi Coates, the School of Journalism and Communication's 2017 Ruhl Lecturer and featured author in the UO’s 2016-17 Common Reading Program.
The Coates lecture is at 6 p.m., Friday, Feb. 3, at Matthew Knight Arena. Tickets are free and limited to two per person. Doors open at 4:30 p.m.
Some seats may have an obstructed view, so ticket holders are encouraged to arrive early and be in their seats no later than 5:30 p.m. If tickets remain unused at that time, additional seats may be released. No photography or video recording is allowed, and violators will be asked to leave.
The School of Journalism and Communication and the Office of the President expanded seating after the initial 8,500 tickets were claimed.
Coates is the author of “Between the World and Me,” winner of the 2015 National Book Award for nonfiction. The lecture has a direct tie-in to the UO’s Common Reading Program, which engages first-year students and others across campus in reading and discussing the book over the course of the school year.
The work confronts many of the most challenging aspects of race in modern America. Coates’ lecture, titled “A Deeper Black: Race in America,” will tackle the systemic racism and racist policies that have been inseparable from the growth of the nation.
The 2017 Ruhl Lecture is made possible in part by the School of Journalism and Communication’s Robert and Mabel Ruhl Lecture Endowment and the Hearst Foundation Visiting Professionals Endowment Fund. The Coates lecture is also part of the UO’s African-American Workshop and Lecture Series, which is bringing a range of African-American scholars and practitioners to campus during the 2016-17 school year.
The event will be simulcast to two additional locations: UO Portland’s White Stag Building and Straub Hall on the Eugene UO campus. Seating in Room 156 Straub Hall is first come, first serve. UO Portland is also hosting a panel discussion and related art exhibit, with limited seating available. For more information and to sign up for the Portland event, email firstname.lastname@example.org.