The public is invited to hear and learn from William Jelani Cobb, 'Iolani School's first Keables Scholar (an expansion of the Harold Keables Chair of English program), on Thursday, Nov. 29, in Seto Hall, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Cobb, who will spend four days (Nov. 27-30) guest teaching various 'Iolani School classes, is the Ira A. Lipman Professor of Journalism at Columbia University and a staff writer at The New Yorker. He has previously taught at Spelman College, Rutgers University, and the University of Connecticut at Storrs.
His books include The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress (Walker, 2010), To the Break of Dawn: A Freestyle on the Hip Hop Aesthetic (2007), a 2007 finalist for the National Award for Arts Writing of the Arts Club of Washington, and The Devil & Dave Chappelle and Other Essays. Cobb's articles have appeared in The Washington Post, The New Yorker, Essence, Vibe, Emerge, The Progressive, The Washington City Paper, One Magazine, and Ebony.
Cobb has been a commentator on National Public Radio, CNN, Al-Jazeera, CBS News, and other national broadcast outlets. Cobb won the 2015 Sidney Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism for his The New Yorker columns on race, the police, and injustice. He is also the recipient of the Walter Bernstein Award from the Writer's Guild of America for his investigative series "Policing the Police," which aired on PBS Frontline.