Nikole Hannah-Jones, creator of ‘The 1619 Project,’ to give Hays Press-Enterprise lecture – Press-Enterprise

Investigative journalist and essayist Nikole Hannah-Jones, who authored the 2019 New York Times Magazine long-form “The 1619 Project,” will be giving this year’s journalism lecture organized by UC Riverside.

Hannah-Jones will deliver the 52nd annual Hays Press-Enterprise Lecture on Thursday, March 4, in a free, virtual event.

“The 1619 Project” was named for the year the first enslaved Africans arrived in America, and features essays and art by Black creators on the relationship between slavery and culture, a news release states.

“This is the most important work of my life. I did not expect the reaction and the impact that it had,” Hannah-Jones, a Pulitzer Prize winner for Commentary for her work on the project, said in an interview with the Chicago Tribune. “The amount of response that I’ve received; the fact that a presidential candidate mentioned 1619 during a national presidential debate, and it was not career suicide. I think it’s changed me in that way.”

Hannah-Jones will speak with UCR Assistant Philosophy Professor Myisha Cherry, who hosts and produces the UnMute Podcast, in which she interviews young philosophers about social and political issues.

The Hays Press-Enterprise Lecture series was started in 1966 by Howard H “Tim” Hays, former editor, publisher and owner of The Press-Enterprise. Hays established the lecture series in 1966, and his son Tom Hays endowed it in 2011.

The 3:30 p.m. event will be online. Registration is required, the release states.

Past Hays lecture speakers have included Washington Post Publisher Katharine Graham, Washington Post Editor Ben Bradlee and Frank Bruni and David Leonhardt of The New York Times.

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