Journalists Jelani Cobb and Calvin Trillin, who have tackled the subject of race for decades, will again tackle the subject in a one-on-one virtual conversation on “Race in America.”
Millsaps College, in partnership with the Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting, the Mississippi Book Festival and Lemuria Books will launch the new year with a lively, engaging live conversation between Cobb and Trillin on Jan. 21 at 5:30 p.m. CST. Both have both reported on civil rights for The New Yorker.
The virtual event is free and open to the public. Registration is required and may be completed here.
Trillin covered the civil rights movement of the 1960s, and his pieces have been collected in his latest book, Jackson, 1964: And Other Dispatches from Fifty Years of Reporting on Race in America. Born in Kansas City, Missouri, he joined The New Yorker in 1963 as a staff writer and stayed for more than 40 years. He writes most often about American politics, culture and food. Once called “the Charlie Chaplin of food writers,” Trillin is a humorist whose short column for The Nation, called “Deadline Poet,” pokes fun at politics. He says, “I always thought of writing humor as some sort of little, weird thing that I could do in the way some people could play the piano.”
Scholar, writer and producer Cobb is covering the Black Lives Matter movement for The New Yorker. In 2019 and 2020, he wrote about Georgia activist Stacey Abrams and her movement to register voters, long before the crucial Georgia Senate election in 2021. Cobb was born in Queens, New York. Both of his parents had migrated North from the South, and were determined that he read and study. Cobb specializes in post-Civil War African American history, early 20th century American history and the Cold War. Today, Cobb is the Ira A. Lipman Professor at the Columbia University School of Journalism, where he helps train the next generation of civil rights reporters. He also contributes regularly to PBS’s Frontline.
The Jan. 21 conversation with Trillin and Cobb is a new event in Millsaps’ partnership with the Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting and part of MCIR Live, an ongoing series of in-depth discussions with accomplished journalists. Last fall, Millsaps and the Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting hosted investigative reporter and author Bob Woodward, who discussed "Rage," his book about President Trump. Woodward is best known for uncovering the Watergate scandal for The Washington Post with fellow reporter Carl Bernstein.
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