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An Evening with Jelani Cobb

Join us on for a very special event at The Thelma Harris Art Gallery featuring an evening of conversation with renowned historian Jelani Cobb. This is a co-hosted fundraiser for the East Bay Church of Religious Science to support EBCRS' prison and homlessness outreach programs. Come out for an indepth conversation with Jelani Cobb while enjoying wine & snacks. Great conversation & networking while supporting impactful community outreach programs.

About Jelani Cobb

Jelani Cobb has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 2015, writing on subjects of race, politics, history, and culture.

Cobb’s books include The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress, To the Break of Dawn: A Freestyle on the Hip Hop Aesthetic, and the collection, The Devil and Dave Chappelle and Other Essays. He has also contributed essays and articles to the Washington Post, The New Republic, Essence, Vibe, The Progressive, and

Across his body of work, Dr. Cobb regularly interrogates intersections of race, social justice, and American politics, suffusing them with his characteristic incisiveness and wit.

His awards include the 2015 Sidney Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism, and fellowships from the Fulbright and Ford foundations. Dr. Cobb was a 2018 Pulitzer Prize Finalist in Commentary, “for combining masterful writing with a deep knowledge of history and a deft reporter’s touch to bring context and clarity to the issue of race at a time when respectful dialogue on the subject often gives way to finger-pointing and derision.”

He is the Ira J. Lipman Professor of Journalism at Columbia University, specializing in post-Civil War African American history, 20th century and modern American politics, and the history of the Cold War.