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Norris to present Kenan lecture October 8

Norris Headshot“The Grace of Silence” will be the title of a Kenan lecture by National Public Radio correspondent and best-selling author Michele Norris on October 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Haggin Auditorium.

Norris is a host and special correspondent for NPR and previously was co-host of All Things Considered, public radio’s longest-running national program. She took a sabbatical from the program during the 2012 presidential campaign to travel the country and develop The Race Card Project, an initiative to foster a wider conversation about race in America, and NPR’s Backseat Book Club for readers age 9-14 who ride in the back seat of vehicles and are fed a steady diet of NPR news. A book is picked every month, and at the end of the month, the author can be heard on All Things Considered answering questions submitted by kids. Norris currently is continuing this work and producing in-depth segments for other NPR programs.

Her book, The Grace of Silence: A Memoir, focuses on how America talks about race in the wake of Barack Obama’s presidential election and explores her own family’s racial legacy.

Transylvania’s Kenan lecture series is funded by a grant from the William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust. The lecture is free and open to the public.

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