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The 1619 Project

w/ Nikole Hannah-Jones

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Date: 29 June 2023
Time: 20:00 – 22:00 (drinks from 19:30)
Location: Kantine Walhalla, Veerlaan 11, Rotterdam
Admission: € 10,- (regular), € 6,- (reduced)
Language: English

On Thursday June 29 Pulitzer-Prize winning reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones – named one of Time’s 100 most influential people in the world in 2021 – will join us at Kantine Walhalla for an interview on her groundbreaking 1619 Project. A project that became one of the most talked about journalistic achievements of the past years.

The 1619 Project is The New York Times Magazine’s award-winning reframing of American history that places slavery and its continuing legacy at the center of the countries’ national narrative. It offers a revealing new origin story for the United States, one that helps explain not only the persistence of anti-Black racism and inequality in American life today, but also the roots of so much of what makes the country unique. 

The 1619 Project speaks directly to our current moment, contextualizing the systems of race and caste that still define so much of American life today. It reveals the hidden truths around America’s founding and construction—and the way that the legacy of slavery did not end with emancipation, but continues to shape contemporary American life. And it provides important lessons and insights in relation to our own Dutch colonial past.

The evening is moderated by historian and journalist Marianne Klerk


Nikole Hannah-Jones

Nikole Hannah-Jones is a Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter covering racial injustice for The New York Times Magazine, and creator of the landmark 1619 Project. In 2017, she received a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, known as the Genius Grant, for her work on educational inequality. In 2016, Hannah-Jones co-founded the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting, a training and mentorship organization geared toward increasing the number of investigative reporters of color. In 2021, she was named one of Time’s 100 most influential people in the world.

Marianne Klerk

Marianne Klerk is a historian and programme curator. Working on the intersection of academia and the public debate, Marianne researches, curates debates and publishes on a variety of social and political topics, ranging from cultural heritage to neoliberalism. She is a senior lecturer in humanities at the Erasmus University College and a fellow at Debatpodium Arminius in Rotterdam. Currently, she is writing a book on the history of gentrification, titled ‘Stadtschmerz in tijden van gentrificatie’ (Boom uitgevers).

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