The Carl A. Fields Center for Equality and Cultural Understanding presents an evening with Ta-Nehisi Coates, along with Dr. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor.

Ta-Nehisi Coates is an American journalist and writer who explores contemporary race relations, perhaps most notably in his book Between the World and Me, which won the National Book Award for nonfiction. Since 2016, Coates has also written Marvel’s The Black Panther comic book.

The event is free but tickets are required.

Ticket distribution for Princeton University students will begin at 12 pm on Wednesday, November 14, at the ticket office in Frist Campus Center. The distribution will continue, while supplies last, during normal business Hours (Monday-Friday, 12pm-5pm). Ticket distribution for Princeton University faculty and staff will begin at 12 pm on Friday, November 16, at the ticket office in Frist Campus Center. Princeton University students, faculty and staff may pick up one ticket per TigerCard (University ID) and can bring up to two TigerCards.

Ticket distribution for the general public will begin at 12 pm on Monday, November 19 online at There is a 2 ticket limit per person.



Ta-Nehisi Coates. Photo credit: John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Ta-Nehisi Coates is a distinguished writer in residence at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. He is the author of the bestselling books The Beautiful StruggleWe Were Eight Years in Power, and Between The World And Me, which won the National Book Award in 2015. Ta-Nehisi is a recipient of a 2015 MacArthur Fellowship. He is also the current author of the Marvel comics The Black Panther and Captain America.




Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor is author of From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation (Haymarket Books, 2016), an examination of the history and politics of Black America and the development of the social movement Black Lives Matter in response to police violence in the United States. Taylor has received the Lannan Foundation’s Cultural Freedom Award for an Especially Notable Book.

Taylor’s most recent book, How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective, also with Haymarket Books (2017) won the 2018 Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ Nonfiction.

Taylor’s research examines race and public policy including American housing policies. Dr. Taylor is currently completing a manuscript titled Race for Profit: Black Homeownership and the End of the Urban Crisis, which looks at the federal government’s promotion of single-family homeownership in Black communities after the urban rebellions of the 1960s. Taylor looks at how the federal government’s turn to market-based solutions in its low-income housing programs in the 1970s impacted Black neighborhoods, Black women on welfare, and emergent discourses on the urban “underclass”. Taylor is interested in the role of private sector forces, typically hidden in public policy making and execution, in the “urban crisis” of the 1970s.

Taylor’s research has been supported, in part, by a multiyear Northwestern University Presidential Fellowship, the Ford Foundation, and the Lannan Foundation. Taylor was the Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of African American Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2013-2014. Taylor received her Ph.D from the Department of African American Studies at Northwestern University in 2013.

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Richardson Auditorium is located in Alexander Hall between Nassau Hall and Rockefeller College on the Princeton campus.


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Presented By

  • Lewis Center for the Arts
  • Princeton University Public Lectures
  • Carl A. Fields Center
  • Department of African American Studies