Nikole Hannah-Jones teaches seminary at Howard University
Oworld-renowned investigative journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner Nikole Hannah Jones will present a brand new seminar for Howard University this autumn.
The creator of theProject 1619“, an initiative that has launched a national discussion on the role of slavery and how it influenced the fabric of this nation, announced Monday that it will bring these same teachings to “the Mecca” of historically black colleges and universities (HBCU).
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“Howard University students: I’m teaching a #1619Project seminar this semester,” Hannah-Jones tweeted. “Join us as we deconstruct essays as works of journalism and historical argument, discuss criticism and the role of journalism versus historiography. Open to adults, non-adults: 91313 – MJFC 315 – 01”
“Students will also debate the role of journalists, historians, and politicians in shaping national identity and politics,” Hannah-Jones continued in a Twitter thread. “They will engage critics of the project, efforts to legislate against the project, as well as read and discuss paired and companion texts. We will also be in conversation with the historians and writers who created the text. I’m excited for this semester. I look forward to learning with you!
Last year, Hannah-Jones was embroiled in a public battle with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After UNC finally agreed to grant her tenure following a controversial back-and-forth in the press, Hannah-Jones shocked everyone when she decided she would accept a similar position offered by UNC. Howard University.
“I really wanted to take my talents and the resources that I could bring and bring them to an institution that was truly built for black upliftment and black excellence, that was not built in opposition to the work that I want to do and me as a human being”, Hannah-Jones says NPRis here and now in the days following the announcement of his gig at Howard.
The New York Times reporter now seeks to establish her impact on the next generation of black students at one of the nation’s premier HBCUs.
The course will be open to all students and could have a significant impact on opening the minds of talented young black people and helping shape future leaders.
“I’ve spent my whole life proving that I belong in elite white spaces that weren’t built for black people,” she told Gayle King at the time during a appearance on Good Morning America. “I decided I didn’t want to do this anymore. That black professionals should feel free, and indeed perhaps obligated, to go into our own institutions and bring our talents and resources to our own institutions and help develop them as well.
“To be able to bring these kinds of resources to a university that always punches above its weight, I’m so excited,” Hannah-Jones added. “Something big came out of it.”
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