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Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities, Boston University; Founding Director, BU Center for Antiracist Research

Guest Speaker - Class of Fall 2022

Ibram X. Kendi is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University and the founding director of the BU Center for Antiracist Research. A contributing writer at The Atlantic and a CBS News racial-justice contributor, he is also the host of the podcast Be Antiracist. Kendi is the author of Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America (Bold Type Books, 2016), which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction, and of five New York Times number-one bestsellers, including How to Be an Antiracist (One World, 2019), Antiracist Baby (Kokila, 2020), and Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2020), co-authored with Jason Reynolds. In 2020, TIME magazine named Kendi one of the 100 most influential people in the world. He was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 2021.

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