Nikole Hannah-Jones

Born on the Water, Raised on the Word

Born on the Water, Raised on the Word: Invoking, Learning, and Remembering Silenced Histories Through Literature, with Grace Player, Sian Charles-Harris, and Dominique Battle-Lawson. March 23, 2022, 4:30pm, Austin Building Room 217

The Humanities Institute and the Neag School of Education present

Born on the Water, Raised on the Word

Invoking, Learning, and Remembering Silenced Histories Through Literature

A panel presentation with
Grace Player, Sian Charles-Harris, and Dominique Battle-Lawson

and responses by
Julianna Iacovelli, Aarushi Nohria, Erica Popoca, and Samantha vanValkenburg

March 23, 2022, 4:30–6:00, Stern Lounge (Austin Building, Room 217)

Registration required.

The first forty students to register will receive a free copy of The 1619 Project: Born on the Water, by Nikole Hannah-Jones and Renée Watson, with illustrations by Nikkolas Smith. All registrants are invited to attend Nikole Hannah-Jones in conversation with Manisha Sinha, March 30, 2022 at 2:00pm in the Student Union Theater.

Nikole Hannah-Jones

Celebrating 20 Years of the UConn Humanities Institute with Pulitzer-prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones in conversation with Manisha Sinha. March 30, 2022, 2:00pm, Student Union Theater.

Celebrating twenty years of the UConn Humanities Institute with Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist

Nikole Hannah-Jones

in conversation with Manisha Sinha (History, UConn)

March 30, 2022, 2:00pm. Student Union Theater


On March 30th at 2:00pm in the Student Union Theater, Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, most famous for her work on the New York Times Magazine’s 1619 Project, will be in conversation with UConn history professor Manisha Sinha. They will discuss Hannah-Jones’ work as an advocate for people of color in journalism and as a writer working to change the way we think about race in the United States.

This event is restricted to the UConn community. Please register with a UConn email address. All registrations without UConn email addresses will be canceled. If you are part of the UConn community but do not have a UConn email address, write to us at

You must show your ticket to enter the venue.

This is a UConn Honors event.

Members of the UConn community may submit questions in advance of the event via online form. Please submit your questions by March 28, 2022. Members of the UConn community will also be able to access a livestream of the event. There will be no recording.

Cosponsored by the Office of the Provost, the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, the UConn Foundation, the Neag School of Education, the Africana Studies Institute, the Human Rights Institute, the History Department, and the Journalism Department.


If you require accommodations to attend this event, please notify by Wednesday, March 23. An ASL interpreter will be present for the duration of the event. The event will also be available via livestream.

NIKOLE HANNAH-JONES is the Pulitzer Prize-winning creator of the 1619 Project and a staff writer at The New York Times Magazine. She has spent her career investigating racial inequality and injustice, and her reporting has earned her the MacArthur Fellowship, known as the Genius grant, a Peabody Award, two George Polk Awards and the National Magazine Award three times. Hannah-Jones also earned the John Chancellor Award for Distinguished Journalism and was named Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists and the Newswomen’s Club of New York. In 2020 she was inducted into the Society of American Historians and in 2021 she was named a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. She also serves as the Knight Chair of Race and Journalism at Howard University, where she is founding the Center for Journalism & Democracy.

In 2016, Hannah-Jones co-founded the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting, which seeks to increase the number of reporters and editors of color. She holds a Master of Arts in Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina and earned her BA in History and African-American studies from the University of Notre Dame.

MANISHA SINHA is the Draper Chair in American History at the University of Connecticut. She received her Ph.D from Columbia University where her dissertation was nominated for the Bancroft prize. She taught at the University of Massachusetts for over twenty years where she was awarded the Chancellor’s Medal, the highest honor bestowed on faculty. She is the author of The Counterrevolution of Slavery: Politics and Ideology in Antebellum South Carolina (University of North Carolina Press, 2000), which was named one of the ten best books on slavery in Politico in 2015 and featured in the New York Times 1619 Project. Her recent book, the multiple-award winning The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition (Yale University Press, 2016) was long listed for the National Book Award for Non Fiction. The Slave’s Cause was widely reviewed in the mainstream press and was featured as the editor’s choice in The New York Times Book Review. Professor Sinha has published and been interviewed in national and international media. She is the author and editor of several other books and articles. She is also the recipient of numerous awards including two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and two from the Mellon Foundation. In 2018, she was a visiting Professor at the University of Paris, Diderot and in 2021, she received the James W.C. Pennington award, from the University of Heidelberg, Germany. She is a member of the Board of the Society of Civil War Historians and of the Council of Advisors of the Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery at the Schomburg, New York Public Library. She is a co-editor of the “Race and the Atlantic World, 1700-1900,” series of the University of Georgia Press and is on the editorial board of Slavery and Abolition. A historian of the long nineteenth century, her research interests lie specifically in the transnational histories of slavery, abolition, and feminism and the history and legacy of the Civil War and Reconstruction. She is currently writing a book on the Reconstruction of American democracy after the Civil War under contract with Liveright (WW Norton).

Let’s Talk about the 1619 Project

Let's talk about the 1619 project with Prof Dexter Gabriel. For UConn undergraduates, March 23, 2022, 2:00pm, HBL 4-209.

Let’s Talk about…

The 1619 Project

with Prof. Dexter Gabriel (Assistant Professor, History & Africana Studies, UConn)

March 23, 2022, 2:00pm. Homer Babbidge Library, 4-209.

This is an honors event.

The CLAS Dean’s office and UCHI invite UConn undergraduates to participate in a discussion group about the 1619 Project—an initiative to rethink the history of the United States led by Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones and the New York Times Magazine. Professor Dexter Gabriel will lead the discussion and help guide students in this important dialogue about reframing national history, the legacies of American slavery, and the controversies surrounding the 1619 Project. The first 40 students to register will receive a free ebook of The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story, and all participants are invited to attend Nikole Hannah-Jones’ talk at the Student Union Theater on March 30th.