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Ibram Kendi

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Ibram X. Kendi, an award-winning historian and New York Times best-selling author, is Professor of History and International Relations and the Founding Director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at  American University. His second book, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, was published by Nation Books and won the 2016 National Book Award for Nonfiction. At 34 years old, Kendi was the youngest ever winner of the NBA for Nonfiction. He is the associate editor of Black Perspectives, the most popular online platform for public scholarship on Black life and thought. He is currently working on his next book, How to Be an Anti-Racist, which will be published by One World, a division of Penguin Random House.



2016 National Book Award Winner Dr. Ibram Kendi delivers the keynote address for the 2017 Harrisburg Book Festival. Dr. Kendi's new book, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, demolishes the myth of a post-racial America and explores the origins and history of racism in America. Along with winning the National Book Award, Stamped from the Beginning was selected as a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and was noted by the Washington Post as "the most ambitious book of 2016." In his keynote address, Kendi will discuss Trump's Presidency, the post-racist myth of America, and the future of racism in America. This event is proudly sponsored by Temple University Harrisburg

Dr. Kendi will be available to sign copies of his book immediately following the keynote address. 


"An engrossing and relentless intellectual history of prejudice in America.... The greatest service Kendi [provides] is the ruthless prosecution of American ideas about race for their tensions, contradiction and unintended consequences." Washington Post

"A deep (and often disturbing) chronicling of how anti-black thinking has entrenched itself in the fabric of American society." The Atlantic

"Kendi has done something that's damn near impossible: write a book about racism that breaks new ground, while being written in a way that's accessible to the nonacademic. If you've ever been interested in how racist ideas spread throughout the United States, this is the book to read." The Root