SATURDAY: Past Connections That Bind Us All: A Conversation with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Arizona PBS and ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication will host a dynamic event, “Past Connections That Bind Us All: A Conversation with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.” on Saturday, April 30 at 7 p.m. at ASU Gammage. Presented with support from ASU Gammage and SRP, the 90-minute event will feature Dr. Gates offering behind-the-scenes details about the discovery process for celebrity guests of “Finding Your Roots,” his successful PBS series which is now in its eighth season.

“Our lives are constructed by stories, which are shaped by our families, experiences and surroundings. The collective of these stories is what shapes the American experience and our overall identity as a people,” said Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. “I look forward to visiting ASU to discuss that collective identity and the connections that bind us all.”

Members of Arizona PBS can purchase event tickets during an exclusive pre-sale starting April 1 with a 15 percent discount, and general public sales begin April 4. Tickets range from $30-$70 on the main level, balcony seats are $20 and ASU students can purchase tickets for $5.50. Tickets are available for purchase from ASU Gammage. New and current members will receive presale discount ticket instructions via email.

“We’re excited to welcome Dr. Gates to ASU and look forward to an evening of enlightening discussion about our roots and how the past continues to impact our identity today,” said Dr. Battinto L. Batts, Jr., dean of the Cronkite School.

In addition to serving as host of PBS’ “Finding Your Roots,” Dr. Gates, an acclaimed historian, is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and director of the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University. An Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, literary scholar, journalist, cultural critic and institution builder, Dr. Gates has authored or co-authored 24 books and produced 21 documentary films.

“As the host of one of PBS’ flagship programs, we’re delighted to welcome Dr. Henry Louis Gates to Arizona, and we’re excited to bring this engagement opportunity to our loyal members,” said Arizona PBS General Manager Adrienne Fairwell. “As Arizona’s largest public media station, a key component of our mission is to facilitate community discussions around important issues facing our state and the nation, and this event will help us do just that.”

Have a question for Dr. Gates?

Dr. Gates will answer questions from Arizona PBS viewers and members of the community in a Q&A session – so get your questions in now! You can submit a video question here that may be showcased during the event.

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