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Former NPR host and journalist Michele Norris to speak on Main Campus


Former NPR Host Michele Norris to speak on campus as part of the Philadelphia Speaker Series. 

Widener University is pleased to announce that journalist and former National Public Radio host Michele Norris will speak on Main Campus on Monday, April 17 in the University Center, Webb Room as part of the Philadelphia Speaker Series. The event begins at 11:15 a.m. and is open to students, faculty, staff and the public.

Norris, an award-winning journalist with more than two decades of experience, served as co-host of NPR's news magazine All Things Considered. After leaving the program in 2010, she pioneered The Race Card project, an initiative that fosters dialogue and encourages people to share their experiences, questions, hopes, dreams, laments or observations about race and identity. Her lecture will focus on the project and explore racism in America.

Prior to NPR, she served as a correspondent for ABC News and reported for the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and Los Angeles Times. Norris’ first book, The Grace of Silence: A Memoir, was acclaimed by The Christian Science Monitor as one of the best books of 2010. In it she focuses on how America talks about race in the wake of Barack Obama’s presidential election, and explores her own family's racial legacy.

Norris’ numerous awards include Ebony Magazine's Outstanding Women in Marketing & Communications Award and recognition as one of Essence Magazine’s “25 Most Influential Black Americans” in 2009. Norris earned both an Emmy Award and Peabody Award for her contribution to ABC News' coverage of 9/11. She is on the judging committee for both the John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism, and the Livingston Awards. Norris is also a frequent guest on The Chris Matthews Show on NBC News.

Norris will also participate in a panel discussion as part of the final installment of Widener University’s Philadelphia Speaker Series at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts at 8 p.m. that evening. The discussion will focus on racism in America and will also feature Jason Riley, a Wall Street Journal columnist and author and Morris Dees, co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

For more information or to reserve a seat for the on-campus lecture, please contact Candice Caporale at (610) 499-4112.

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