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Renowned New York Times editorial writer to lecture at Chicago

Brent Staples
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New York Times editorial board writer Brent Staples, Marjorie Kovler Visiting Fellow at the University of Chicago, will present a lecture titled “Digital Communication and the Death of the Sensual World” on Friday, Jan. 30, at 3:30 p.m. in Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 E. 59th Street. Admission is free.

Staples, who received both his master’s and doctoral degrees from Chicago, has written editorials on politics and culture for the Times since 1990. Prior to his appointment to the editorial board, Staples served for three years as an assistant metropolitan editor and as the editor of the Times Book Review.

While at the University, Staples will also participate in a brownbag lunch at the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture, where he will present a lecture entitled, “Hidden People, Secret Stories: Mixed Race Identity and the Flight From Blackness.” Mr. Staples is the author of Parallel Time: Growing Up in Black and White, a memoir, which won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, previously won by novelists Ralph Ellison and James Baldwin. Staples is currently working on a history of the Negro Press.

A native of Chester, Pa., Staples received a master’s degree in psychology in 1976 and then went on to earn a Ph.D in Psychology in 1982. While at the University, Staples held two doctoral fellowships, one from the Danforth Foundation and another from the Ford Foundation.
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