Cobb is a staff writer at The New Yorker who writes on race, history, justice, politics and democracy and dean of the Columbia University Journalism School.

Jan 23, 2023

Oregon State University - Cascades will host a live viewing of OSU’s 41st annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration keynote speaker, noted writer and higher education leader Jelani Cobb on Feb. 1.

The viewing will be broadcast from OSU’s campus in Corvallis and will take place at 6:30 p.m. in Tykeson Hall, Room 111 on the OSU-Cascades campus.

The event is free, but registration is required. Coffee, tea and light desserts will be available to attendees.

Cobb is a staff writer at The New Yorker who writes on race, history, justice, politics and democracy. He is also Columbia University’s Ira A. Lipman Professor of Journalism and dean of the Columbia Journalism School.

Cobb recently co-edited "The Matter of Black Lives,” a collection of The New Yorker's most ground-breaking writing on Black history and culture in America, featuring the work of legendary writers like James Baldwin and Toni Morrison. He also has written books about Barack Obama and the hip-hop aesthetic.

After the viewing, attendees will be invited to discuss the presentation.

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Accommodation requests may be made by calling 541-322-3100.

The keynote address is made possible by Oregon State’s Office of Institutional Diversity with support from the OSU Foundation and Alumni Association.

About OSU-Cascades:  Oregon State University’s campus in Bend brings higher education to Central Oregon, the fastest growing region in the state. Surrounded by 2.5 million acres of mountains and high desert, OSU-Cascades offers small classes that accelerate faculty-student mentoring and engages in top tier research as part of Oregon State University. Degree programs meet industry and economic needs in areas such as innovation and entrepreneurship, natural ecosystems, health and wellness, and arts and sciences, and prepare students for tomorrow’s challenges. OSU-Cascades is expanding to serve 3,000 to 5,000 students, building a 128-acre campus with net-zero goals.