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CANCELED: Nikole Hannah-Jones: "1619 and the Legacy That Built a Nation"

Friday, April 10 at 6:00pm to 7:30pm

The University of Oregon–sponsored Robert and Mabel Ruhl Lecture on April 10, featuring Nikole Hannah-Jones, is canceled and will be rescheduled during the 2020–21 academic year. We apologize for any inconvenience.


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As the lead writer for New York Times Magazine’s “The 1619 Project,” a major viral multimedia initiative observing the 400th anniversary of the first African slaves arriving in America, award-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones explores the lasting legacy of black enslavement on the nation—specifically, how black Americans pushed for the democracy we have today. 

Nothing we know about American life today has been untouched by slavery. Everything, from social infrastructure and segregation to music and sugar, has been shaped by it. “The 1619 Project” features all black American authors, activists, journalists, and more, spreading its heartbreaking and absolutely essential message worldwide.

In her talk, Hannah-Jones will explore how, despite our progress, we must remain vigilant in the vital fight against racial inequality, and how it is ethically imperative to reassess longstanding narratives if we want to get closer to the truth and move forward into a better future, together. 


About Nikole Hannah-Jones

Nikole Hannah-Jones is a MacArthur Genius, winner of the National Book Award, and a New York Times Magazine staff writer. She has also received a Peabody Award, a George Polk Award for radio reporting, and the National Magazine Award for journalism that illuminates issues of national importance. She was named Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists and received the Fred M. Hechinger Grand Prize for Distinguished Education Reporting as well as the Emerson College President’s Award for Civic Leadership. Hannah-Jones also co-founded the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting. Her brilliant, heavy-hitting journalism has also been featured in The Atlantic Magazine, Huffington Post, Essence Magazine, Politico Magazine, and on This American Life, NPR, MSNBC, and many other news programs and outlets across the country and internationally.


About the Event

This event, part of the Ancil Payne Week of Journalism Ethics, is made possible by the Robert and Mabel Ruhl Endowment and is co-sponsored by the University of Oregon’s Office of the President, Office of the Provost, Division of Equity and Inclusion, and the Lyllye Reynolds-Parker Black Cultural Center. The annual UO School of Journalism and Communication Ruhl Lecture brings the most influential voices in mass communication to campus.

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations


School of Journalism and Communication

Target Audience

All Students, Faculty/Staff, General Public, Alumni


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