An Evening with Charles Blow

SAT, SEP 28, 2024 at 8PM

New York Times bestselling author and Op-Ed columnist Charles Blow shares his perspective on today’s social and political issues, tackling topics from democracy and American Theocracy to cultural gatekeeping, country music, and Beyoncé—all with depth, nuance, and tremendous insight. Blow is the author of Fire Shut Up in My Bones, a memoir of his childhood and young adulthood growing up in the American South and recently adapted into a critically acclaimed opera at the Metropolitan Opera. A moderated Q&A follows this evening’s talk.

Charles Blow in a suit and tie looking forward and smiling

Photo credit: Beowulf Sheehan

Columnist, New York Times bestselling author, and MSNBC Analyst Charles Blow fearlessly tackles today’s most pressing issues with depth, nuance, and tremendous insight. Now an Op-Ed columnist at The New York Times, Blow previously served as the paper’s Graphics Director, leading The Times to significant awards. He has also worked as the Art Director of National Geographic Magazine and for The Detroit News. Blow is the New York Times bestselling author of Fire Shut Up in My Bones, which won a Lambda Literary Award, the Sperber Prize, and appeared on numerous “best of” lists. A memoir, the book was called searing and unforgettable by People Magazine and was adapted into a critically-acclaimed opera with a groundbreaking run at The Metropolitan Opera – the first performance of an opera there by a Black composer. His second book, The Devil You Know: A Black Power Manifesto, draws on both his personal experience and observations of society to call for an end to systemic racism. Blow is a prolific and insightful commentator on politics, public opinion, and social justice, often challenging those in power with clarity and candor.