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SOF Up Close: Henry Louis Gates, Jr. with David Rubenstein

Society of Fellows members at the Gold Leaf and Chairman’s Society levels are invited to a special Up Close conversation on Wednesday, April 14 featuring Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University and Aspen Institute Trustee, in conversation with David Rubenstein, Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of The Carlyle Group. The two will discuss Professor Gates’s new acclaimed PBS series based on his book, The Black Church: This is Our Story, This is Our Song, about the 400-year legacy of the Black church and how it has served as a mobilization space for the political, economic, and religious equality of Black people.

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David M. Rubenstein is a Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of The Carlyle Group. He served as Chief Counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Constitutional Amendments before becoming the Deputy Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy during the Carter Administration. He also practiced law in both New York City and Washington, D.C. Mr. Rubenstein is Chairman of the Boards of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Council on Foreign Relations; a Fellow of the Harvard Corporation; a Regent of the Smithsonian Institution; a Trustee of the World Economic Forum; a Director of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; and President of the Economic Club of Washington, among other board seats. Mr. Rubenstein is an original signer of The Giving Pledge; the host of “The David Rubenstein Show”; and the author of “The American Story” and “How to Lead.”

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University. Emmy and Peabody Award-winning filmmaker, literary scholar, journalist, cultural critic, and institution builder, he has authored or co-authored more than 20 books and created more than 20 documentary films, including The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This is Our Song, and Finding Your Roots, his groundbreaking genealogy series on PBS. Gates was awarded a “genius grant” by the MacArthur Foundation, and was the first African American scholar to be awarded the National Humanities Medal. Gates earned his B.A. from Yale University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in English Literature from Clare College, University of Cambridge. A former chair of the Pulitzer Prize board, he serves on a wide array of boards, including the New York Public Library, the Aspen Institute, and the Brookings Institution.

Event information
Wed Apr 14, 2021
2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
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