New York Times Writer to Deliver Annual Dean Stone Lecture

April 03, 2017

MISSOULA – The University of Montana School of Journalism will welcome New York Times staff writer and National Magazine Award-winner Nikole Hannah-Jones as the 60th annual Dean Stone lecturer.

Hannah-Jones’ lecture, “The Problem We All Live With: The Legacy of School Segregation,” will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 12, in the University Center Ballroom. Her presentation is free and open to the public.

Hannah-Jones’ widely read articles on segregated housing and schools and her deeply personal reports on the black experience in America expose how racial inequality is maintained through official policy. They also offer a compelling case for greater equity.

She covers racial injustice for The New York Times Magazine and has spent years chronicling the way official policy has created and maintains segregation in housing and schools.

She also has written extensively on the history of racism and inequality, school resegregation and the disarray of hundreds of desegregation orders, and the decades-long failure of the federal government to enforce the landmark 1968 Fair Housing Act. Hannah-Jones is writing a book on school segregation titled “The Problem We All Live With,” to be published on the One World imprint of Penguin/Random House.

Each spring the UM School of Journalism honors its founder, Dean Arthur Stone, and current journalism students with a guest lecturer followed by an awards banquet. Thanks to many generous endowments and contributions from donors, the school is able to offer its students over $150,000 in scholarships and awards each year. The Dean Stone lecture is made possible by an endowment from the Hearst Foundation.

The UM School of Journalism launched in 1914 and has trained generations of journalists in the craft and ethics of their profession. The school is regularly ranked among the top 10 journalism schools in the United States.

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Contact: Larry Abramson, UM School of Journalism dean, 406-243-4001, larry.abramson@mso.umt.edu. .