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Soledad O’Brien to speak at Penn State

CNN journalist Soledad O’Brien will bring her “Black in America” tour to Penn State as part of the Distinguished Speakers Series.

The panel-style lecture at 8 p.m. Feb. 11 at Eisenhower Auditorium is sponsored by the Student Programming Association in partnership with the Black Caucus.

O’Brien has done two documentaries looking at the challenges of race in the United States, titled “Black in America” and “Latino in America.”

Tickets are free to students, starting Jan. 28. Community members can receive free tickets, as available, starting Feb. 4. For more information on tickets, visit

O’Brien looks at the timely issue of police brutality. Her tour brings together experts, students and the community, people of diverse races and perspectives to discuss how police affect their lives.

At Penn State, O’Brien will be joined by panelists Derman French, Julianne Malveaux and Penn State Black Caucus member Jada Hill.

According to the the SPA, the partnership with the Black Caucus was meant “to encourage a discussion on the issues of race and crime.”

“Black in America is about Americans talking about the uncomfortable issue of race, about opening the floor to new perspectives, problems and the powerful experiences of regular people. This is a forum for the conversation America is ready to have — why do so many black Americans fear the very people that are supposed to protect them?” O’Brien in a statement said.