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Date: 4:30pm EDT March 26

Baratunde Thurston

Sophie Kerr Speaker Series: Baratunde Thurston is a politically-active, technology- loving comedian from the future. He co-founded the black political blog Jack and Jill Politics and served as Director of Digital for The Onion.

He has written for Vanity Fair and the UK Independent, hosted Popular Science’s “Future Of” on Discovery Science, and appears on cable news regularly to say smart things in funny ways. Then-candidate Barack Obama called him “someone I need to know.” Baratunde travels the world speaking and advising and performs standup regularly in NYC.

Baratunde Thurston is the CEO, co-founder, and hashtagger-in-chief of Cultivated Wit  He wrote the New York Times bestseller How To Be Black and served for five years as director of digital for the satirical news outlet, The Onion. When he’s not delivering keynote talks at gatherings such as SXSW Interactive, LeWeb, and Personal Democracy Forum, he writes the monthly back page column for Fast Company and contributes to the MIT Media Lab as a director’s fellow. He co-founded the black political blog, Jack and Jill Politics, has advised the Obama White House, has more than 10 years experience in standup comedy, and more than 30 years experience being black. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.

He resides in Brooklyn, lives on Twitter, and has over 30 years expe- rience being black. His first book, How To Be Black, is a New York Times bestseller. This event is co-sponsored by the Black Studies Program, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, and the Sophie Kerr Committee.

For more visit his website here.

 This event is free and open to the public. Booksigning to follow.



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