Friday Keynote: Ta-Nehisi Coates

Friday, January 18, 2019 | 9:30-10:45 AM  |  Majestic Ballroom, 5th Floor

Ta-Nehisi Coates is a distinguished writer in residence at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. He is the author of the bestselling books The Beautiful StruggleWe Were Eight Years in Power, and Between The World And Me, which won the National Book Award in 2015. Ta-Nehisi is a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship. He is also the current author of the Marvel comics The Black Panther and Captain America.

This session is sponsored, in part, by a generous gift from Louise K. Smith.

photo by Nina Subin

Maurine Knighton

Maurine Knighton is the Program Director for the Arts at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.  She is responsible for developing and overseeing grantmaking programs that support contemporary dance, theater, and jazz.  Prior to DDCF, Knighton was the Senior Vice President for Grantmaking at the Nathan Cummings Foundation.  She has also served as Senior Vice President for Program and Nonprofit Investment at the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone.  She is a former board member of Grantmakers in the Arts, where she chaired its Racial Equity Committee.  Knighton currently serves on the board of the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation, chairing its Cultural Investment Fund Committee.