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Prominent Authors to Address Issues of Race with Presidential Lecture Series

Jan 24, 2022
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Cindy Workman
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Creighton University’s Presidential Lecture Series for 2022 will keep faith with the University’s commitment to becoming an anti-racist institution by focusing on racism and its manifestation in personal and professional life.

“We are excited to welcome speakers and authors of such great prominence,” said the Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ, PhD, president of Creighton University. “Their presentations will help us reflect deeply on race, justice, and society, not just as it relates to our campus, but also our city, state, region, and nation. It is my hope and my prayer that this lecture series will shine light upon the long and insidious history of racism in the United States and by so doing further efforts to heal this national affliction.”

The series presents four esteemed national speakers in partnership with Creighton’s Kingfisher Institute for the Liberal Arts and Professions, the Division of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, and the Creighton Intercultural Center.

Please refer to the Presidential Lecture Series website for any updates and changes to the speaker series, as well as any COVID-19 precautions.

The speakers are:

•  Edwidge Danticat: Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. in the Hixson-Lied Auditorium of the Mike and Josie Harper Center. Danticat is the author of numerous award-winning books and has been published in The New Yorker and The New York Times.

Registration: Only Creighton faculty, staff and students fully vaccinated against COVID-19 may attend in person, as a health precaution. Preregistration by Feb. 8 is required, as space is limited. Anyone may register to view the livestream of the event. A link will be emailed to registrants. Register.

• Damon Tweedy, MD: Feb. 23 from 7-8 p.m. CST (virtual), 6-7 p.m. MST. The lecture will be given in the Norton Ballroom of the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Health Sciences Building at the Creighton University Health Sciences Campus – Phoenix, and broadcast virtually. Tweedy is the author of The New York Times bestseller, Black Man in a White Coat. Watch the website for registration information.


• Colson Whitehead: March 1 at 7 p.m. Due to COVID concerns with traveling, the event will not be held in-person. The event will be livestreamed. Whitehead is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Nickel Boys, an exploration of an abusive, real-life reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida. Watch the website for registration information.

• Isabel Wilkerson: March 22 at 7 p.m. Winner of a Pulitzer Prize for journalism and the National Humanities Medal, Isabel Wilkerson is the author of The New York Times bestsellers The Warmth of Other Suns and Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents. Due to COVID-19 concerns with traveling, the event will not be held in person, but will be livestreamed.