Imani Perry Hughes-Rogers Professor of African American Studies, Princeton University
Imani Perry is the Hughes-Rogers Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, where she is also affiliated with the University Center for Human Values, The Program in Law and Public Affairs, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Jazz Studies.
A scholar of legal history, cultural studies and African American studies, her work often focuses on multifaceted issues such as the influence of race on law, literature and music. Perry is the author of five books, including Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry, the winner of the 2019 Pen America Bograd Weld Award for Biography, and a New York Times Notable Book for 2018. Other works include May We Forever Stand: A History of the Black National Anthem, a 2019 NAACP Image Award nominee, and Vexy Thing: On Gender and Liberation, in addition to numerous scholarly articles. Perry has written book reviews, essays, and opinion pieces for newspapers and journals including Harper’s, The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Guardian and The Progressive. In September 2019 her bookBreathe: A Letter to my Son will be published by Beacon Press.
Perry received a bachelor’s degree from Yale University, her J.D. from Harvard Law School and a Ph.D in the history of American civilization from Harvard University.
Krista Tippett, Host, “On Being”
Founder and CEO of The On Being Project, host of “On Being,” and curator of The Civil Conversations Project who, as Week Seven’s host and co-curator, will be leading daily conversations in the Amphitheater.
A journalist and former diplomat who had studied theology, Tippett saw a black hole where intelligent conversation about the religious, spiritual, and moral aspects of human life might be. She pitched and piloted her idea for a show for several years before launching “Speaking of Faith” — later “On Being” — as a weekly national public radio show in 2003. “On Being” is now a pursuit of the ancient and enduring human questions that gave rise to our spiritual traditions and resonate through every institution anew in this century. The show is now heard on over 400 public radio stations and a successful podcast, is produced by On Being Studios, together with the On Being Blog, initiatives like the Poetry Radio Project and Public Theology Reimagined, and an expanding portfolio of new podcasts. Additionally, Tippett is the curator of The Civil Conversations Project, and founder of the independent, non-profit public life and media initiative The On Being Project.
Tippett is the author of Speaking of Faith; Einstein’s God; and Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living. She is at work on her next book, Letters to a Young Citizen. For her work, President Barack Obama awarded Tippett the National Humanities Medal in 2014.
Tippett is a graduate of Brown University and holds a Masters of Divinity from Yale University.
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