As part of our efforts to advance antiracism, diversity, equity, and inclusion, St. John’s University is honored to welcome the Pulitzer Prize-winning creator of The 1619 Project and staff writer at TheNew York Times Magazine, Nikole Hannah-Jones, for an intimate conversation with Rev. Brian J. Shanley, O.P., University President, about her latest work, The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story.
This Zoom discussion will be held on Thursday, May 5, at 1:50 p.m. Registration is required.
It is being hosted by the Office of Equity and Inclusion, with support from the Office of the President, the Institute for Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, the Academic Center for Equity and Inclusion, and the Department of History.
The 1619 Project is The New York Times Magazine’s award-winning reframing of American history that placed slavery and its continuing legacy at the center of our national narrative. The project, which was initially launched in August of 2019, offered a revealing new origin story for the United States, one that helped explain not only the persistence of anti-Black racism and inequality in American life today, but also the roots of so much of what makes the country unique.
A dramatic expansion of a groundbreaking work of journalism, The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story offers a profoundly revealing vision of the American past and present. It speaks directly to our current moment, contextualizing the systems of race and caste that still define so much of American life today.
The New York Times Magazine’s award-winning issue featuring The 1619 Project reframed our understanding of American history by placing slavery and its continuing legacy at the center of our national narrative. This new book substantially expands on that work, weaving together 18 essays that explore the legacy of slavery in present-day America with 36 poems and works of fiction that illuminate key moments of oppression, struggle, and resistance. The essays show how the inheritance of 1619 reaches into every part of contemporary American society, from politics, music, diet, traffic, and citizenship to capitalism, religion, and our democracy itself.
Nikole Hannah-Jones has spent her career investigating racial inequality and injustice, and her reporting has earned her the MacArthur Fellowship, known as the Genius grant, a Peabody Award, two George Polk Awards, and the National Magazine Award three times. She also earned the John Chancellor Award for Distinguished Journalism and was named Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists and the Newswomen’s Club of New York. In 2020, Ms. Hannah-Jones was inducted into the Society of American Historians, and in 2021, she was named a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She also serves as the Knight Chair of Race and Journalism at Howard University, where she is founding the Center for Journalism & Democracy.
In 2016, Ms. Hannah-Jones cofounded the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting, which seeks to increase the number of reporters and editors of color. She holds a Master of Arts in Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina and earned her B.A. in History and African-American studies from the University of Notre Dame.