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MassArt Art Museum to host virtual lecture by Nikole Hannah-Jones

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Boston, MA – October 12, 2021 – Today the MassArt Art Museum (MAAM) announced it will host a free virtual lecture by esteemed journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones on Monday, November 1 at 6:30pm. Hannah-Jones’ discussion will examine slavery’s enduring modern legacy and the centering of the Black American experience. This lecture is held in conjunction with the exhibition Joana Vasconcelos: Valkyrie Mumbet which honors Elizabeth “Mumbet” Freeman, an enslaved woman whose court battle for her freedom in 1781 helped to make slavery illegal in Massachusetts. Hannah-Jones is the Pulitzer Prize-winning creator of the 1619 Project and a staff writer at The New York Times Magazine. She has spent her career investigating racial inequality and injustice, and her reporting has earned her the MacArthur Fellowship, known as the Genius grant, a Peabody Award, two George Polk Awards and the National Magazine Award three times. She also serves as the Knight Chair of Race and Journalism at Howard University, where she is founding the Center for Journalism & Democracy.

Nikole Hannah-Jones: Examining Slavery’s Modern Legacy
Virtual Lecture hosted by the MassArt Art Museum
Monday, November 1, 2021, 6:30p – 8:00p
Free and open to the public.

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About Nikole Hannah-Jones

NIKOLE HANNAH-JONES is the Pulitzer Prize-winning creator of the 1619 Project and a staff  writer at The New York Times Magazine. She has spent her career investigating racial inequality  and injustice, and her reporting has earned her the MacArthur Fellowship, known as the Genius  grant, a Peabody Award, two George Polk Awards and the National Magazine Award three  times. Hannah-Jones also earned the John Chancellor Award for Distinguished Journalism and  was named Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists and the Newswomen’s Club of New York. In 2020 she was inducted into the Society of American Historians and in 2021 she was named a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. She also serves as the Knight Chair of Race and Journalism at Howard University, where she is founding the Center for Journalism & Democracy. 

In 2016, Hannah-Jones co-founded the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting, which seeks to increase the number of reporters and editors of color. She holds a Master of Arts in Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina and earned her BA in History and African-American studies from the University of Notre Dame.

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About the MassArt Art Museum

The MassArt Art Museum (MAAM) is Boston’s only free contemporary art museum. After extensive renovations, MAAM opened in February 2020 in the space formerly known as the Bakalar & Paine Galleries at the heart of MassArt’s campus on the Avenue of the Arts. MAAM is a kunsthalle, or non-collecting museum, showing temporary exhibitions that feature the work of artists at all stages of their careers to bring fresh and varied perspectives to Boston. As MassArt’s teaching museum, MAAM is a resource for MassArt students and faculty, educating students about contemporary art, partnering with faculty to support the curriculum, and preparing students for careers in the museum field. As an extension of the College’s public mission, the Museum offers pathways to education in the arts and free, unique educational programming to public schools and community groups.

About MassArt

Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) is a public, independent institution that prepares artists, designers, and educators from diverse backgrounds to shape communities, economies, and cultures for the common good. One of the top colleges of its kind in the United States since its founding in 1873, MassArt has built a legacy of leadership as the first freestanding public college of art and design in the country, and the nation’s first art school to grant a degree. The College offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate degrees in art, design, and art education, all taught by world-class faculty. MassArt is also home to the MassArt Art Museum (MAAM). Formerly the Bakalar & Paine Galleries, MAAM is MassArt’s free contemporary art museum, professionally curated to enrich the academic curriculum and make contemporary art an accessible experience for all. Among MassArt’s most accomplished alumni are designer Brian Collins, multimedia artist Sam Durant, art dealer Arne Glimcher, Oscar-winning set designer Nancy Haigh, visual artist and composer Christian Marclay, 2016 Project Runway winner Erin Robertson, interior and lifestyle designer Kelly Wearstler, and conceptual artist William Wegman. To learn more, please visit massart.edu.

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