NPR host Michele Norris to speak at Transylvania University

lblackford@herald-leader.comOctober 2, 2013 

Michele Norris, award-winning journalist and host and special correspondent for National Public Radio, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8 in TransylvaniaÕs Haggin Auditorium. Photo Provided

National Public Radio host Michele Norris will speak at Transylvania University as part of the school's yearlong program on diversity.

Norris will appear at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8 in Haggin Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. She will discuss her book The Grace of Silence: A Memoir, which focuses on how America talks about race and explores her own family's racial legacy.

Before her speech, Norris will meet with faculty, staff and students to talk about The Race Card Project, an interactive radio project she started last year to encourage a national discussion on race.

Justin Bullock, president of the Black Student Alliance, said the students' goal is to encourage the campus community to reflect seriously on promoting a constructive, honest conversation on the topic.

"How do we use the Race Card Project as a way to start talking about race, not just for a week and a half but constantly, until we see change?" Bullock said. "I'm real excited to have Norris come talk about both her book and the Race Card Project."

Before coming to NPR, Norris was a correspondent for ABC News. She also has reported for the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times.

A reception and book signing will immediately follow the presentation. For more information, contact Meg Upchurch at

Linda Blackford: (859) 231-1359. Twitter: @lbblackford.

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