Award-winning journalist Michele Norris to discuss "The Race Card Project" in Coe Marquis Series lecture

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2014-01-28 11:29:01 - General

Michele Norris

Award-winning journalist and accomplished author Michele Norris will speak at Coe College, focusing on her work with "The Race Card Project." The Marquis Series event will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 12, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium.

Tickets are $15 for the general public, $10 for students and seniors. Tickets are available by calling the Coe Box Office at 319-399-8600, Monday - Friday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., or at the door the night of the event.

Norris has spent two decades working to give insight to American culture. As a correspondent for ABC News from 1993-2002, she covered a range of issues, such as education, America's inner cities and poverty. After working with ABC, Norris took her talents to National Public Radio (NPR). Norris was a host on NPR's "All Things Considered," and she is currently a host and special correspondent for the network, where she informs, engages and enlightens listeners with thoughtful interviews and in-depth reporting. Along with "The Race Card Project," Norris has also developed NPR’s successful "Backseat Book Club." In 2009, Norris was named "Journalist of the Year" by the National Association of Black Journalists for her work on the 2008 presidential campaign.

"The Race Card Project" is an initiative to foster a wider conversation about race in the U.S. Norris created this initiative after the publication of her 2010 family memoir, "The Grace of Silence." In the book, she turns her formidable interviewing and investigative skills on her own background to unearth long-hidden family secrets that raise questions about her racial legacy and shed new light on America's complicated racial history.

The Coe College Lecture and Performance Series is funded in part by a gift from the estate of Sarah Marquis in honor of her father, Dr. John A. Marquis, who was president of Coe College from 1909-1920. The purpose of the series is to bring entertainment and educational experiences to the Coe campus for the benefit of the entire community.

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