Lowell Lecture

Taylor Branch: Know Thyself: Socrates and Sports at the Corporate University

Date & Time

April 5, 2017 at 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.


Boston College - Murray Function Room
140 Commonwealth Avenue Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
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Taylor Branch

Presenting Organization

Boston College


Current Affairs

Taylor Branch is an American author and public speaker. In the October 2011 issue of The Atlantic, Branch published an influential cover story entitled “The Shame of College Sports,” which author and NPR commentator Frank Deford said, “may well be the most important article ever written about college sports.” An expanded version was published as The Cartel: Inside the Rise and Imminent Fall of the NCAA (2011). Branch is known for his landmark narrative history of the civil rights era, America in the King Years. The trilogy’s first book won the Pulitzer Prize and numerous other awards. Branch returned to civil rights history in his latest book, The King Years: Historic Moments in the Civil Rights Movement (2013). Branch was awarded the Dayton Literary Peace Prize Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008 and the National Humanities Medal in 1999.