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Tavis Smiley 
September 16, 2007

Tavis Smiley – public radio and television host, author, philanthropist and advocate – will be the speaker at the College’s 90th Commencement on Sunday, May 18, 2008.

Smiley hosts the late night television talk show, Tavis Smiley, on PBS, and his radio show, The Tavis Smiley Show, is distributed by Public Radio International (PRI). In addition, his political commentary is featured twice weekly on the Tom Joyner Morning Show, a nationally syndicated radio program.

Smiley is the author of 11 books, including his most recent, What I Know for Sure: My Story of Growing Up in America. A book he edited, The Covenant with Black America, reached #1 on The New York Times Best Seller list.

At a time when much of television news stands out for its divisiveness and hype, Smiley stands out with his civility and intelligent conversation. Newsweek has called him one of the “20 people changing how Americans get their news.”

Through his not-for-profit organization, Tavis Smiley Foundation, Smiley works with African American youth to enlighten, encourage and empower them. His work exemplifies the principles Connecticut College seeks to instill students: service to community, development and stewardship of the next generation of leaders, active participation in our democratic society, and awareness of every person's responsibilities as a citizen within a global society.

Smiley was nominated by a campus committee that included faculty, staff and students and was selected from among the committee’s strong list of potential speakers.

Smiley was also on campus in the spring of 2006 for the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity’s inaugural symposium featuring Cornel West.







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