Black Lives Matter Artists and Intellectuals Creating a Movement
Black Lives Matter: Artists and Intellectuals Creating a Movement

A Conversation with Toni Morrison
Mon, Oct 5, 2015 at 4PM
Royce Hall

Join us as Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison will be awarded the UCLA Medal – the campus’s highest honor – at a special event in Royce Hall. Morrison will participate via video conference from the east coast. This event, a panel discussion celebrating Morrison’s contributions to American literature and culture titled, “Black Lives Matter: Artists and Intellectuals Creating a Movement,” is free and open to the public.

Morrison receives the UCLA Medal in conjunction with our presentation of Desdemona, October 8-11, at the Freud Playhouse. For more information and tickets visit

Her fellow panelists include Robin D.G. Kelley, a distinguished professor of history and Gary B. Nash Endowed Chair in United States history at the UCLA College; Cheryl I. Harris, the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation Chair in civil rights and civil liberties at the UCLA School of Law; Shamell Bell, a community organizer, choreographer and Ph.D. student in culture and performance at UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance; and Marques Vestal, a doctoral student in the History Department at UCLA. A Los Angeles native, Marques organizes against state violence, police brutality and hyper criminalization.

The UCLA Medal is presented to those of exceptionally distinguished academic and professional achievement whose work embodies UCLA’s highest ideals. Morrison is honored as one of the most celebrated authors and distinguished professors in American history. A masterful storyteller, she has created works characterized by epic themes, vivid dialogue, and richly drawn characters. She is the first African American woman to win the Nobel Prize. She is also a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Toni Morrison photo by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders


There will be no parking attendants staffing Parking Structure 5, adjacent to Royce Hall. If you are traveling to campus for this event by car, please park in the self-park, pay-by-space spots on the top level of Parking Structure 5, or the pay-by-space spots in nearby Parking Structure 4. Check the interactive UCLA campus map for directions.

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