The lecture by acclaimed author Ta-Nehisi Coates has sold out, but there is still an opportunity for standby seating the day of the event.
Coates is the School of Journalism and Communication's 2017 Ruhl Lecturer and featured author in the UO’s 2016-17 Common Reading Program. The talk is at 6 p.m., Friday, Feb. 3, at Matthew Knight Arena. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and ticket holders are asked enter the venue by 5:30 p.m.
If tickets remain unused at 5:30 p.m., seats will be released to people waiting at Matthew Knight Arena. Some standby seats will have an obstructed view.
A free live stream of the event is also scheduled at 6 p.m. in Room 156, Straub Hall with first-come, first-served seating.
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 a book over the course of the school year.
Coates’ lecture, titled “A Deeper Black: Race in America,” will address racism and racist policies entwined with 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.
A number of additional campus events, discussions and programing are scheduled in connection with Coates’ visit. To learn more about those activities, visit the Common Reading website.