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An Evening with Jabari Asim

An enlightening perspective on Between the World and Me
Jabari Asim & Dr. Clarence Lang, Department of African & African American Studies

This audio is an interview led by Dr. Clarence Lang, Chair of the African & African American Studies Department at the University of Kansas, with Jabari Asim. Asim is an author, Editor-in-Chief of The Crisis Magazine, and Associate Professor of Writing, Literature, and Publishing at Emerson College. In this interview Asim discusses his book, What Obama Means:...for Our Culture, Our Politics, Our Future as well as many other themes related to the KU 2016 Common Book, Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates.


An Interview with Howard Graham

Furthering the conversation
Nick Carswell, Kansas Audio-Reader Network & Howard Graham, Office of First-Year Experience

In this podcast Nick Carswell interviews Howard Graham about the selection of the 2016 - 2017 KU Common Book, Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. They discuss how the text challenges readers to delve into difficult conversations that are relevant to discussions happening on our campus and around the nation.

Project HBW on the KU Common Book

Matthew Broussard

Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates's critically acclaimed second book and the winner of 2015 National Book Award for nonfiction has been chosen by the University of Kansas as the 2016-2017 common book. The KU Common Book Program is run by the Office of First Year Experience with the goal of creating a diverse strong community and shared academic experience among first year students, faculty and staff.

A conversation with Dr. Clarence Lang

Kaye McIntyre, KPR & Dr. Clarence Lang, Department of African & African-American Studies

As part of the 2016 Free State Forum, the ACLU of Kansas brought Leonard Pitts to discuss race and inequality. Kaye McIntyre of KPR sat down with Dr. Clarence Lang, chair of the Department of African and African-American Studies to discuss the way these issues directly affect life in Kansas. Listen here.

What to read next

Continue the conversation

So you’ve finished Coates’s Between the World and Me and you’re looking for more to read?  Or, you’ve not only read his book but also his article, “The Case for Reparations”, and you’re looking for more to read on black experience?  What if you’re looking for a black female experience of The Dream?

Discover the larger context

Questions about the text? Use this resource.

Encountered something in the text of Between the World and Me that you do not understand or would like to explore further? The Oxford African American Studies Center is a great place to start. Simply go to and login using your KU online ID and password. From here you can search anything--names, current or historical events, words, subjects--to gain a greater grasp on the context of any subject.

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