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Damon Young hopes to broaden perspectives on social change, race relations, and more

Damon Young hopes to broaden perspectives on social change, race relations, and more

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Damon Young, co-founder of VerySmartBrothas and senior editor of The Root, will address the Lycoming College community on Thursday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. in Clarke Chapel on the Lycoming College campus. The Williamsport community is invited to the join the College for this event free of charge.

Young’s work has been featured in numerous publications and websites, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, EBONY, MSNBC, BET, Slate, Salon, and USA Today. In 2016, he was named to The Root 100 annual list of the most influential African Americans in the fields of business, science, politics, technology, social justice, sports, and entertainment.

With work that vacillates from anthropological satire and absurdist racial insights to razor sharp cultural critique and unflinching indictments of privilege and bias, Young engages audiences in thoughtful contemplation of modern society.

Attendees will gain a broader view of the struggles those in today’s marginalized communities face, as well as insights on social change, race relations, cultural divides, and more. With his own brand of comic perspective, Damon engages audiences with raw and provocative commentary on the popular issues and, at times unpopular topics that make up today’s news headlines.

“Lycoming College has a number of events planned to honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and to hear Mr. Young’s modern take on race relations is the perfect way to cap off Dream Week at Lycoming College,” said Mallory Weymer, director of civic engagement and personal development at Lycoming College.

Young’s first book, tentatively titled “N*gga Neurosis,” with Ecco (HarperCollins) will be a series of essays about his own experience with the absurdities and angsts associated with race and racism.

This event is co-sponsored by Pennsylvania College of Technology and Lycoming College.

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