Ryan Coogler to Deliver Prestigious University of Chicago Kent Lecture Feb. 9
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Ryan Coogler to Deliver Prestigious University of Chicago Kent Lecture Feb. 9

nullThe annual Kent Lecture was established by the Organization

of Black Students at the University of Chicago in 1984, and was named after the late

Dr. George E. Kent, who was one of the earliest tenured African-American

professors at the University of Chicago, and its first African-American

professor of English.

The prestigious honor was “designed to serve as a platform

for community exposure to African-American luminaries" and since its inception, speakers

who have given the lecture are names you would expect, such as Cornel West,

Michael Eric Dyson, Henry Louis Gates Jr., and Michelle Alexander.

This year, the OBS pulled off a real coup and got, for the first time, a film director. Not only just a film director, but the

director of "Fruitvale Station" and "Creed," Ryan Coogler himself, to give this year’s

Kent Lecture.

According to OBS, Coogler will be discussing “blackness in

mixed forms of media, specifically film, the importance of representation, and

why stories such as these are so important to tell." After his opening remarks, there will be a moderated Q& A with Coogler (no doubt there are going to

be a lot of audience questions about the Oscars and "Black Panther").

The event will take place at Mandel Hall at the

University of Chicago campus (1175 E. 57th); starting at 7PM and yes it’s free

and open to the public. But get there early to secure a seat because they will likely be

going fast.

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