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Lecture / Discussion  |  The Local and the Global: A Conversation with Ishmael Reed and Jeff Simon

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Saturday, April 12, 2014, 6–7 pm

Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Auditorium  

Join is for a conversation with Ismael Reed and Jeff Simon, the Buffalo News's Jeff Simon. The two will be introduced by Burchfield Penney executive director Tony Bannon.

Ishmael Reed is an American poet, essayist, songwriter, playwright, and novelist, as well as being an editor and publisher. Reed is known for his satirical works challenging American political culture, and highlighting political and cultural oppression.Reed's work has often sought to represent neglected African and African-American perspectives; his energy and advocacy have centered more broadly on neglected peoples and perspectives, irrespective of their cultural origins. Reed was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, but grew up in Buffalo, New York, where he attended the University of Buffalo.

Arts Editor, movie, jazz and television critic Jeff Simon’s career at The News spans 35 years. Jeff attended Syracuse University and the University at Buffalo and started working at The News while a student at the Nichols School. He became a reporter in 1969. Simon’s interviews encompass a Who’s Who of Hollywood screen and film legends, as well as jazz musicians and television stars. He covered the Woodstock music festival and has won numerous awards for his work.

This event is free with gallery admission.