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Soledad O’Brien Returns to SBU with Her Black in America Tour

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Soledad-O'BrienAward-winning journalist and former CNN news anchor Soledad O’Brien brings her Black in America tour to Stony Brook University in an interactive event that includes a panel discussion of the key issues facing minority communities today. She will be on campus Monday, February 16, at 6 pm on the Main Stage at Staller Center, joined by panelists author Joan Morgan, former NBA basketball player Etan Thomas and New York City community member Luis Paulino.

“I’m excited to be back on the Stony Brook campus,” said O’Brien. “My dad was a founding professor, and I literally grew up on that campus. It’s been a thrill to go back over the years be meet with journalism students. Can’t wait to be back!”

Her father, Edward E. O’Brien was a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Stony Brook University, where he taught fluid mechanics.

O’Brien was the originator of the highly successful Black in America and Latino in America documentary series for CNN. In 2013, she launched Starfish Media Group, dedicated to uncovering and producing empowering stories about issues of race, class, wealth, poverty and opportunity. Her honors include two Emmy Awards for 2012 election coverage and the special report “Kids on Race.”

To learn more about the tour, visit

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Conferences & Special Events at (631) 632-6320 or

This event is supported by the Office of the President, African Students Union, Educational Opportunity Program/Advancement on Individual Merit (EOP/AIM), Black History Month Committee, Black Womyn’s Association, Caribbean Students Organization, Graduate Student Organization, National Society of Black Engineers, Student African American Brotherhood (SAAB), Undergraduate Student Government, Office of the Dean of Students, Stony Brook Foundation, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Malik Fraternity Inc., NAACP, Phi Delta Psi Fraternity Inc., and the Cadence Step Team.

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