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July 2011

What’s New · Dr. Gregory Williams Program

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Dr. Gregory H. Williams, President of the University of Cincinnati, will visit the Main Library on Saturday, July 23 at 2:00 p.m. to discuss his award-winning and best-selling memoir, Life on the Color Line: The True Story of a White Boy Who Discovered He Was Black. As a result of his autobiography, he has been featured on a number of national programs including “Oprah,” “Dateline NBC with Tom Brokaw,” “Larry King Live,” ABC's “Nightline with Ted Koppel,” and National Public Radio's “Fresh Air with Terri Gross.”

In 1995, Life on the Color Line was selected as Book of the Year by The Los Angeles Times. In 1996, the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Human Rights in North America named Life on the Color Line an “Outstanding Book on the Subject of Human Rights.” It is often required reading for entering students at U.S. colleges and universities. President Williams also has written a number of articles and book reviews for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, and other publications. This month, Life on the Color Line, is one of the selections for the Library's Featured Book of the Month program.

Before moving to Cincinnati, Dr. Williams served as president of the City College of New York (CCNY), the flagship college of the City University of New York. He has worked as a university administrator for over 30 years, serving in a variety of posts at George Washington University, the University of Iowa, and Ohio State University.

This event is free and open to the public. President Williams will be available for 30 minutes after his talk to sign copies of his books, which will be available for purchase, courtesy of Joseph-Beth Booksellers.