Sept. 19-21 / 2019

Thursday, Sept. 19 | 6:30pm | Asbury Hall in Babeville
Humanities New York presents, Democracy and the Legacy of Racism: Ibram X. Kendi and Chenjerai Kumanyika in Conversation

FREE, registration required.


How has the development of American democracy accepted and even relied on the reality of American racism? Is it possible for American democracy to move beyond what feels like an insurmountable racial division and acrimony? Join Humanities New York and the Buffalo Humanities Festival as we explore these and related questions with Ibram X. Kendi and Chenjerai Kumanyika.

Ibram X. Kendi is one of America’s foremost historians and leading antiracist voices. He is a New York Times bestselling author and the Founding Director of The Antiracist Research & Policy Center at American University in Washington, DC, where he is professor of history and international relations. He is the author of Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction, and the recently published How to Be an Antiracist.

Chenjerai Kumanyika is a researcher, journalist, and artist who works as an assistant professor in Rutgers University’s Department of Journalism and Media Studies. His research and teaching focus on the intersections of social justice and emerging media in the cultural and creative industries. Kumanyika is the Co-Executive Producer and Co-Host of Gimlet Media’s Uncivil, a new podcast on the Civil War.

Friday, Sept. 20 | 8pm | Asbury Hall in Babeville (7pm VIP reception in the Ninth Ward)
Spotlight Speaker: Matt Taibbi


Award-winning author/journalist and co-founder of the Buffalo-based alternative weekly The Beast, Matt Taibbi returns to Western New York to tackle the topic of democracy in the age of post-truth. His eagerly anticipated new book Hate Inc.: Why Today’s Media Makes us Despise One Another will be released on October 8.

Saturday, Sept. 21 | 10:30am – 4:30pm
DEMOCRACY–Of the people? By the people? For the people? A full day of talks, panels, and performances | Rockwell Hall | SUNY Buffalo State


*Passes purchased before 11:59pm, Sunday, September 15 include lunch by West Side Bazaar. See our TICKETS page for the full list of lunch offerings. Vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options available.

The full festival day begins with a panel discussion with special guest Matt Taibbi. Multiple, concurrent sessions will be held throughout the day (click here for the detailed Saturday schedule, click here to see our list of participants), with a closing reception featuring The Performance Truck, music, and beer by Community Beer Works.