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Baratunde Thurston to Speak Sept. 18 at Johnson State


Baratunde Thurston to Speak Sept. 18 at Johnson State

Author of 2017-18 Common Book “How to Be Black,” gives keynote speech to campus communities.

September 15, 2017

Author, comedian and cultural critic Baratunde Thurston will appear at his first speaking event in Vermont Sept. 18 at Johnson State College as part of JSC’s semester-long diversity focus.

The 8 p.m. talk at Dibden Center for the Arts is free and open to the public.

The semester’s diversity theme centers on Thurston’s 2012 comedic memoir “How to Be Black,” a New York Times best-seller. As part of the college’s interdisciplinary Common Reading Initiative, incoming first-year students read the book over the summer. They will participate in discussions about race in America with other students, faculty and staff at campus events all semester.

Thurston, of Brooklyn, is an Emmy-nominated host who was digital director for The Onion, among other multimedia roles.

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