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An Afternoon with Joy Reid

Joy Reid

Joy Reid

Date: Sunday, February 19, 2:00 p.m.
Location: Hadley Stage, Hancher Auditorium
Support provided by the Cassandra S. Foens M.D., F.A.C.R. and F. Wendell Miller Funds

Sponsors: Delta Sigma Theta Sorority

Free tickets (limit two) will be available from the Hancher Box Office beginning Friday, Jan. 27, at 10 a.m. Available in person, by phone, or online.

A collaboration with Hancher.

Joy-Ann Reid is a political analyst at MSNBC and host of The ReidOut. She is a New York Times best-selling author, and also co-hosts a podcast: Reid This-Reid That with veteran TV journalist Jacque Reid. Her columns have appeared in multiple outlets including The New York TimesThe GuardianThe Miami HeraldNew York Magazine, and The Daily Beast.

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Jim Obergefell

Jim Obergefell

LGBTQ+ Equality and Civil Rights

Date: Tuesday, February 28, 2023, 7:00 p.m.
Location: International Ballroom, Iowa Memorial Union
Support provided by: UI Public Health, UI Center for Human Rights, College of Law, Department of Political Science

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Michael Barbaro

Michael Barbaro

The Moment Demands an Explanation-- The Daily is on a Mission to Find it

Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2023, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Main Lounge, Iowa Memorial Union

No tickets required, first come, first seated.

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