Hendrix College in Conway announced on Thursday that they will be hosting Pulitzer Prize author Douglas A. Blackmon for a discussion on dismantling racism. The program, “Dismantling Racism: Embracing a New Tomorrow,” is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021, in the Student Life and Technology Center on the Hendrix campus. The event is free to all, with in-person attendance available to the on-campus Hendrix community and remote participation open to the public. Reservations are required for both in-person and remote attendees.
Blackmon’s keynote address begins at 10 a.m. and is followed by a Q&A session; both the talk and the Q&A will be available to those participating remotely.
Blackmon’s first book, Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II, was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction in 2009, became a New York Times bestseller and has been reprinted more than a dozen times. He was co-executive producer of the acclaimed documentary film version of Slavery by Another Name, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012 and attracted more than five million viewers in its first broadcasts on PBS. It has been rebroadcast thousands of times by PBS and local public television stations across the U.S.
Blackmon was also a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in 2011 for coverage of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and was a member of The Wall Street Journal staff awarded a Pulitzer in 2002 for coverage of the 9/11 terror attacks. Over the course of his career in journalism, he has witnessed and written about some of the most notable events of the current era, including the fall of the Berlin Wall, multiple U.S. presidential elections, natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina, post-Apartheid South Africa, and war crimes during civil war in the former Yugoslavia.
To RSVP for the Sept. 11 keynote and Q&A, email Lori Mulhearn ([email protected]) and specify the in-person or remote option. Due to pandemic protocols, in-person is open only to current members of the Hendrix student body, faculty, and staff, with a registration deadline of Friday, Sept. 3, at 5 p.m.; remote participation is open to all, with a registration deadline of Friday, Sept. 10, at 5 p.m. CDT.