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101 | On Being with Krista Tippett: Ta-Nehisi Coates
101 | On Being with Krista Tippett: Ta-Nehisi Coates
Monday, October 16 | 7 - 8:15 PM
Rockefeller Memorial Chapel
5850 S Woodlawn Ave | Chicago, IL | 60637
  • Members: $35
  • Public: $38
  • Students and Teachers: $32

“Her intelligence is like a salve for all thinking people who have felt wounded or marginalized by The God Wars.” – Elizabeth Gilbert

“I've been wondering who might fill the intellectual void that plagued me after James Baldwin died. Clearly it's Ta-Nehisi Coates.” – Toni Morrison

In her Peabody-award winning public radio show and podcast, On Being, Krista Tippett provides a space for deep and meaningful conversations with profound thinkers of our time. In a live taping of her show at CHF she will interview Ta-Nehisi Coates, author of the acclaimed Between the World and Me, on the occasion of his latest book, We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy, a work that examines the eight years of the Obama presidency, a dramatic era in politics, activism, and culture that has reshaped this country and its public discourse. As part of On Being's Civil Conversations Project, they will explore issues ranging from the idea of a “post-racial” world to Coates' meticulously constructed case for reparations for slavery.

This program is presented in partnership with The Institute of Politics at The University of Chicago.


Krista Tippett is a Peabody Award-winning broadcaster and New York Times bestselling author. She created and hosts the public radio program and podcast On Being and curates the Civil Conversations Project, an emergent approach to the differences of our age. She received the 2013 National Humanities Medal at the White House for “thoughtfully delving into the mysteries of human existence.” Krista was a journalist and diplomat in Cold War Berlin and holds a Masters of Divinity from Yale University.

Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent for The Atlantic. His book Between The World and Me won the National Book Award in 2015. Ta-Nehisi is a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship. He lives in New York with his wife and son.

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  • We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy
  • 10-3-2017