W. Kamau Bell keynote speaker for Jay Sanders Film Lecture and Black History Month kickoff Feb. 1

Published: January 24, 2017
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Auburn University's Jay Sanders Film Lecture and Black History Month Kickoff event, held Feb. 1 at 6 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom, will feature W. Kamau Bell, a sociopolitical comedian who will present his one-man show, "The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About an Hour."

Bell is host of the Emmy Award-nominated CNN docuseries, United Shades of America. The New York Times called Bell "the most promising new talent in political comedy in many years." In only its first season, United Shades of America was nominated for a Television Critics Association Award for Outstanding Achievement in News and Information. Before United Shades of America, he was best known for his critically acclaimed FX comedy series, Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. Bell, an American Civil Liberties Union Ambassador of Racial Justice, sits on the advisory board of Race Forward, a racial justice think tank, and Hollaback, a non-profit movement to end street harassment.

The event is co-sponsored by the Office of Inclusion and Diversity Cross-Cultural Center for Excellence, the School of Communication and Journalism, the University Program Council and the Office of University Writing: Miller Center and the ePortfolio Project.

Diversity at Auburn University encompasses the whole of human experience and includes such human qualities as race, gender, ethnicity, physical ability, nationality, age, religion, sexual orientation, economic status and veteran status.

The Cross-Cultural Center for Excellence is committed to providing reasonable accommodation in its services, programs and activities. To request disability accommodation, contact the CCCE by phone at 334-844-2976, fax at 334-844-2856 or e-mail Stephanie Patterson at sjp0014@auburn.edu.