ST. BONAVENTURE, NY -- Marc Lamont Hill, an author, professor and television commentator, will deliver the university's 2017 All Bonaventure Reads (ABR) keynote address Monday at 7 p.m. in Reilly Center Arena. The talk is free and open to all.
Hill’s book “Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond” is the university's choice for the 2017 ABR book. In his book, Hill writes about the deaths of Sandra Bland, Michael Brown and Freddie Gray and the water crisis in Flint, Mich., and argues that the lives of the vulnerable become reduced to being “nobody.”
Jean Trevarton Ehman, chair of the ABR Committee and director of the university’s Learning Center, commented. “Although I think many of us are aware of the events Hill discusses, he provides details and historical context about these events that provoke soul searching, and then rich discussions.”
According to a St. Bonaventure press release, Hill wants his visit to campus to be a time of embracing new ideas and fostering constructive discussion.
“I want to create a space for students to deeply analyze the current moment using new tools, perspectives and traditions,” he said. “I want to encourage them to ask deeper questions and unseat themselves from their preconceived notions and taken-for-granted assumptions. Most importantly, I want to challenge them to go out into the world and make actionable change.”
St. Bonaventure’s incoming freshmen received copies of “Nobody” when they came to orientation in July and were instructed to read the book and reflect on it in 500-to-750-word essays for a writing competition.
The 10 selected essay winners will have dinner with Hill on campus. The 10 winning essays will be published in book form; each winner will receive a book.
Hill is the host of BET News, a political contributor for CNN, and the Steve Charles Professor of Media, Cities, and Solutions at Temple University.
During a Souper Monday presentation on Sept. 18, Chris Brown, the university's First-Year Experience director, outlined the process for selecting the ABR books.
“We approach the text from an academic, not personal context,” he said.
Brown also noted that Hill is one of the most well-known authors selected in the history of St. Bonaventure's ABR program.