Where was President McConnell during the Ta-Nehisi Coates lecture?

Last evening, Ta-Nehisi Coates spoke to a sold-out crowd in TD Arena about the criticality of race in America’s history and identity as a nation. Coates, one of America’s foremost intellectuals, has written several critically-acclaimed books about the Black experience in the United States. His essays for The Atlantic magazine, such as “My President Was Black,” have resonated with thousands of readers. The event drew hundreds of visitors to campus, from Charleston and from other colleges and universities.

One conspicuous absence was President Glenn McConnell. Some students found that odd, given McConnell’s own fraught history with race at the College.


So where was Pres. McConnell? CisternYard News reached out to his office for a comment. “President McConnell attended an alumni event in conjunction with the sold-out Cougars baseball game against Clemson at Patriots Point Athletic Complex,” Senior Director of Media Relations Mike Robertson stated.


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Sigrid is the Editor in Chief of CisternYard News. Born and raised in D.C. (yes, actual D.C.), she spends all her time writing, studying, biking and failing at yoga. She is a senior majoring in English and minoring in Political Science and Film Studies.

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