Hays Press-Enterprise Lecture
PLEASE JOIN US FOR THE
FIFTY-SECOND HAYS PRESS-ENTERPRISE LECTURE
A Conversation with
Journalist, The New York Times
Ms. Hannah-Jones will be engaged in a conversation with UC Riverside Assistant Professor of Philosophy Myisha Cherry, who hosts and produces the UnMute Podcast, where she interviews young, diverse philosophers about the social and political issues of our day.
Nikole Hannah-Jones is a MacArthur Genius for "reshaping national conversations around education reform". This is but one honor in a growing list: She is the creator of the New York Times Magazine's "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. In 2016, she was awarded a Peabody Award and George Polk Award for radio reporting for her This American Life Story, "The Problem We All Live With". She was named Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists, and was also named to 2019's The Root 100 as well as Essence's Woke 100.
Hannah-Jones co-founded the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting with the goal of increasing the number of reporters and editors of color. She holds a Master of Arts in Mass Communication for the University of North Carolina and earned her BA in History and African-American studies from the University of Notre Dame.
The Hays Press-Enterprise Lecture Series
The Hays Press-Enterprise Lecture Series was established in 1966 by the late Howard H (Tim) Hays, then editor of The Press-Enterprise, in collaboration with the University of California, Riverside. In 1997, his son Tom Hays endowed the lecture and the Hays name was added to the title in honor of Tim Hays. Dallas-based A.H. Belo Corporation, former owner of The Press-Enterprise, has provided generous support for the Lecture Series. The intent of the Hays Press-Enterprise Lecture Series is to bring to Riverside each year someone of exceptional achievement in journalism to address important topics related to the news media, thereby furthering the knowledge and interests of both the university and the community at large.
Howard H "Tim" Hays, Jr. was the longtime owner and publisher of The Press-Enterprise newspaper. He spent 51 years at the family-owned business, leading the paper to a Pulitzer prize and two important Supreme Court victories. In addition to Tim Hays’ role as publisher of Riverside County’s largest newspaper, he was a leader in the Citizens University Committee that successfully lobbied the state legislature to open a University of California campus in Riverside in 1954. Tim Hays served as a founding member of the UCR Board of Trustees; supported the creation and collections of the UCR/California Museum of Photography; established an endowed scholarship fund in honor of his father; and endowed a faculty chair to support the UCR Honors program.