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A Special Fireside Chat with Nikole Hannah-Jones (DGSOM)

February 16 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

About Nikole Hannah-Jones

Nikole Hannah-Jones covers racial injustice for The New York Times Magazine, and has spent years chronicling the way official policy has created—and maintains—racial segregation in housing and schools. Her deeply personal reports on the Black experience in America offer a compelling case for greater equity. Hannah-Jones is the creator and lead writer of the New York Times’ major multimedia initiative, “The 1619 Project.”

Named for the year the first enslaved Africans arrived in America, the project features an ongoing series of essays and art on the relationship between slavery and everything from social infrastructure and segregation, to music and sugar—all by Black American authors, activists, journalists, and more. Hannah-Jones wrote the project’s introductory essay, which ran under the powerful headline “Our Democracy’s Founding Ideals Were False When They Were Written. Black Americans Have Fought to Make Them True.” The essay earned Hannah-Jones her first Pulitzer Prize, for commentary. Random House has also announced it will be adapting the project into a graphic novel and four publications for young readers, while also releasing an extended version of the original publication, including more essays, fiction, and poetry.

Welcome Remarks and Moderation

Open of Show

Shawn Kang
Shawn Kang
Senior Director of Human Resources Strategy,
UCLA Health Sciences

Welcome Remarks

Kelsey Martin, MD, PhD
Dean, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Gerald S. Levey, MD, Endowed Chair


Eraka P. Bath, MD
Senior Advisor, DGSOM Anti-racism Roadmap
Vice Chair for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA

Special Guest

Nikole Hannah-Jones
MacArthur Genius awardee
Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter covering racial injustice for The New York Times Magazine, Peabody recipient


David Geffen School of Medicine


David Geffen School of Medicine