The Awards Ceremony will be:
Tuesday, April 19th 2016 at 6:30 PM
David Carr (1956–2015) earned an Aronson Career Achievement Award in 2014. Writing for The New York Times, Carr highlighted the social justice issues lurking in the modern world’s rapid embrace of media and information technology. In this his acceptance speech, Carr, whose humor was always front and foremost, humbly accepts the Aronson award and the unlikelihood of receiving one in his life for speaking from the margins.
Ta-Nehisi Coates, winner of the 2015 National Book Award for his searing autobiography Between the World and Me, was honored by the Aronson Committee in 2013 for his 2012 essay in The Atlantic “Fear of a Black President.” In this interview, Coates thoughtfully considers the centrality of race in American history and critiques journalists who address contemporary issues as if there were no antecedents. While President Obama is uniquely suited to address race, the American conundrum, Coates explains why the President needed to be twice as good and half as black. The loss, he says, is to the country as a whole.