George E. Kent Lecture feat. Ilyasah Shabazz

Thu., April 28, 2022 | 6:00 PM — 7:30 PM

University of Chicago
1307 E. 60th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
United States

Sponsored By: The Organization of Black Students

Hosted by the Organization of Black Students, the Kent Lecture series features world-renowned scholars discussing social issues. Past speakers include Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, activist Angela Davis, novelist James Baldwin, poet Nikki Giovanni, and author Ta-Nehisi Coates. The free public lectures are held in honor of the late George E. Kent, one of the first Black professors to earn tenure at UChicago. A professor in English at the University from 1970 until his death in 1982, he wrote the first full-scale biography of Pulitzer-winning poet Gwendolyn Brooks‚ who was also a past Kent Lecture speaker. 

Join the Organization of Black Students and the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy for the George E. Kent Lecture, featuring award-winning author, educator, and producer Ilyasah Shabazz. The evening will begin with a powerful lecture from Professor Shabazz followed by a thoughtful conversation and an opportunity for the audience to ask Professor Shabazz questions. After the event, there will be a reception for guests with hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. This year’s event will be held in-person at 6 p.m., with a livestream option available.