Festival X American Identities in the 21st Century

Michele Norris

Michele Norris

Former NPR host and special correspondent and founder of “The Race Card Project,” award-winning journalist Michele Norris will take the Festival X speaker’s dais on Thursday, November 9, 2017. Norris served as co-host of NPR's newsmagazine “All Things Considered,” public radio's longest-running national program, from December 2002 until stepping away from the program during the 2012 presidential campaign.  While on sabbatical, Norris travelled the country and developed two successful initiatives, “The Race Card Project” and NPR's “Backseat Book Club.” “The Race Card Project” encourages people to condense their observations and experiences about race into one sentence with just six words. Norris and collaborators won a 2014 Peabody Award for the project.

In September 2010, Norris released The Grace of Silence: A Memoir, which focuses on how America talks about race in the wake of Barack Obama’s presidential election and explores her own family's racial legacy.  It was called one of the best books of 2010 by The Christian Science Monitor. Using her memoir as a catalyst for conversation, Norris has addressed thousands of students through campus “One Book” programs, encouraging discussions about the history of race relations in the U.S.

Norris will speak at 7:30 p.m. in the University Theatre on the Cameron campus.