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Comedian and TV show host W. Kamau Bell to speak at UCI on racism

May 8, 2018
Comedian and TV show host W. Kamau Bell to speak at UCI on racism

EVENT: Comedian W. Kamau Bell, host and executive producer of the Emmy Award-winning CNN show “United Shades of America,” will speak at UCI as part of the “Perspectives on Bias, Prejudice & Bigotry” public lecture series, sponsored by the campus’s Confronting Extremism initiative.

WHEN/WHERE: Tuesday, May 22, Irvine Barclay Theatre (bldg. 1, grid E9 on campus map: https://communications.uci.edu/documents/pdf/UCI_16_map_campus_core.pdf)

INFORMATION: The event is $10 for community members and free for UCI faculty, staff and students. Parking is available for $10 in the Student Center Parking Structure (grid D9 on campus map). Media planning to attend should contact Pat Harriman at 949-824-9055 or pharrima@uci.edu. Parking is complimentary for media who RSVP in advance.

HIGHLIGHTS: 7-8:30 p.m.: Performance and Q&A
8:30-9 p.m.: Book signing

BACKGROUND: Recognized by The New York Times as “the most promising new talent in political comedy in many years,” Bell serves as the American Civil Liberties Union celebrity ambassador for racial justice. He has hosted several critically acclaimed podcasts and is the author of The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell.

The UCI event – entitled “The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About an Hour” – is co-sponsored by the Office of Inclusive Excellence, the Division of Student Affairs, The Henry Samueli School of Engineering and the School of Law.

For more information, visit http://inclusion.uci.edu/2018/04/26/w-kamau-bell-curve-ending-racism-hour.