Nikole Hannah-Jones, "Reflecting on the 1619 Project in 2020: The Long Legacy of Slavery and the Current State of Race"

Department: Humanities Center

Date and Time: October 29, 2020 | 5:00 PM-6:30 PM

Event Location: Zoom

Event Details

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Nikole Hannah-Jones,

“Reflecting on the 1619 Project in 2020:
The Long Legacy of Slavery and the Current State of Race”



Tyrus Miller (Dean, School of Humanities)

Moderator/conversation partner: 

Mehrsa Baradaran (Law)

Tune in to hear acclaimed journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones talk about “The 1619 Project,” the groundbreaking study of the role played by slavery in American history and life. Niokle Hannah-Jones will be interviewed by UCI Law Professor Mehrsa Baradaran, a co-author of “The 1619 Project.”

Nikole Hannah-Jones was named a MacArthur Genius for “reshaping national conversations around education reform.” This is but one honor in a growing list: she’s won a Peabody, a Polk, and, for her story on choosing a school for her daughter in a segregated city, a National Magazine Award. Most recently, the New York Times Magazine’s “The 1619 Project” she spearheaded on the history and lasting legacy of American slavery went viral, and her powerful introductory essay was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for commentary. Nikole Hannah-Jones covers racial injustice for The New York Times Magazine, and has spent years chronicling the way official policy has created—and maintains—racial segregation in housing and schools. Her deeply personal reports on the black experience in America offer a compelling case for greater equity.

Mehrsa Baradaran is Professor at Law at UCI. She is the author of “How the Other Half Banks” and “The Color of Money: Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap.”

The 1619 Project in 2020

The 1619 Project, published by the New York Times, retells the history of the U.S. by foregrounding the arrival 401 years ago of enslaved Africans to Virginia. Through a series of essays, photos, and podcasts, the 1619 Project charts the impact of slavery on the country’s founding principles, economy, health care system, racial segregation of neighborhoods and schools, popular music and visual representations. Conversations around the 1619 project have served as a flashpoint for intensive ideological debates about its content and impact. It has been both widely lauded and subjected to critiques from academics, journalists, pundits and policymakers who challenge its accuracy and its interpretation of history. Conservative politicians even seek to defund schools that teach the project. What is the power of the 1619 Project to reframe our understanding of U.S. history and our contemporary society? How might we go beyond the 1619 Project to develop an even fuller understanding of the centrality of slavery and race in the U.S. and in the broader Atlantic world?  Join us for month plus exploration of The 1619 Project, which culminates in the visit of Nikole Hannah-Jones, the Pulitzer Prize winning creator and lead author of the project.

To read the 1619 Project, see:  (
To access the podcasts, see: (
To participate in The 1619 Project in 2020: Student Showcase (one minute reflection videos eligible for gift card drawings), see:

The 1619 Project series is presented by UCI Humanities Center and is co-sponsored by: UCI Illuminations: The Chancellor’s Arts & Culture Initiative, UCI Black Thriving Initiative, School of Humanities, Claire Trevor School of the Arts, School of Education, School of Law, School of Social Ecology, School of Social Sciences, UCI Libraries, Academic English, Composition Program, Center for Latin American Studies, Center on Law, Equality, and Race, Center for Medical Humanities, International Center for Writing and Translation, Literary Journalism and Center for Storytelling, Office of Inclusive Excellence, Student Affairs, Staff Assembly, AAPI Womxn in Leadership and Academic and Professional Women of UCI.