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On Thursday, November 6, at 7 p.m., Emmy and Peabody award-winning journalist William Rhoden will deliver the Fall 2014 Diaspora Lecture at the Stone Center. William C. Rhoden is recognized as one of the most influential thought leaders in the realm of race, sports and American culture.

For the last 25 years, Rhoden has used his Sports of The Times column in The New York Times as a window into an increasingly complex society.

His New York Times best seller, “Forty Million Dollar Slaves,” is considered one of the most important books about the African-American presence in sports. His second book, “Third And A Mile,” chronicles the trials and triumphs of African-American quarterbacks. His new book, “The Ethical Fan,” examines the fragile relationship between the sports industry and its supporters.

Rhoden won a Peabody Award for broadcasting as a writer of the HBO documentary “Journey of the African-American Athlete,” and an Emmy for the HBO documentary “Breaking the Huddle.” He also narrated a documentary that accompanied his ESPN book, “Third And A Mile.”

The free lecture will take place on Thursday, November 6, at 7 p.m. at the Stone Center. For more information please contact the center at 919-962-9001 or email  A flyer for the event is here.

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