Speaker Series: Pomona College, Free Speech in a Dangerous World

Noted satirical journalist Larry Wilmore comes to Pomona College to talk about the 2016 presidential election results and broader issues related to free speech. Drawing from years of experience as a political commentator and media critic, his presentation opens the door for dynamic dialogue about how this election will influence our future. Wilmore’s commentary will be followed by an interview-style discussion with Pomona College W.M. Keck Professor of English Kevin Dettmar. The event is free and open to the public; however, tickets are required. Tickets are now available at the Bridges Auditorium Box Office.

Formerly the host of the Nightly Show, Wilmore provided viewers with his distinct point of view and comedic take on current events and pop culture. The series featured a diverse panel of voices and provided a perspective largely missing in the late-night television landscape. As the former “Senior Black Correspondent” on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Wilmore added his own unique comic perspective to the reality-based look at news, trends, pop culture, current events, politics, sports and entertainment.

Growing up influenced by Richard Pryor and Johnny Carson, Wilmore began his career as an actor and stand-up comic before transitioning to television writing and producing in the early ‘90s. He’s written for hit shows such as black-ish, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and The Jamie Foxx Show. Wilmore co-created the animated show The PJs with Eddie Murphy, a few years later created The Bernie Mac Show starring Bernie Mac and was a consulting producer on The Office.

Wilmore’s first book, entitled I'd Rather We Got Casinos and Other Black Thoughts by Larry Wilmore, was published in fall 2008 and displays "an ability to convince, confound and compel in equal measure," according to Publishers Weekly. He has been nominated and received numerous awards including an Emmy, a Peabody, Humanitas, TV Critics and NAACP Image Award.

As a cultural commentator and a successful Hollywood talent, Wilmore opens the door to an honest conversation about race and diversity in our country. He delivers a versatile and entertaining message, lacing it with his own comedic wit and a dash of levity in a compelling discussion.

This event is part of Free Speech in a Dangerous World, a yearlong series exploring the relationship between free speech on campus and diversity and inclusion across disciplines and contexts. Presenting different viewpoints and global perspectives, the series examines the central goals of liberal education, including fostering difficult dialogues, academic freedom, and promoting diversity and inclusive excellence.

Event Contact

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 8:00 pm

Doors to Bridges Auditorium will open at 7 p.m.

  • Pomona College
  • Bridges Auditorium
  • 450 N. College Way
General Public
Pomona Alumni
Pomona Faculty and Staff
Pomona Families
Pomona Students
Claremont Colleges Community

Tickets are free but required for this event. Tickets are now available online and at the Bridges Auditorium Box Office.

Call (909) 607-1139 for more information.