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Obama author to speak in Lafayette

In a very timely appearance, Shelby Steele, author of “A Bound Man: Why We Are Excited About Obama and Why He Can’t Win,” will speak to the Commonwealth Club on Jan. 23 in Lafayette.

Steele, a fellow at the Hoover Institution, is a widely acclaimed expert in race relations and he will talk about his book and the impact of Obama’s presidential candidacy on the future of race and race politics in America.

He is also the author of numerous books and essays on race, including “White Guilt: How Blacks and Whites Together Destroyed the Promise of the Civil Rights Era,” “The Content of Our Character” and “A Dream Deferred: The Second Betrayal of Black Freedom in America.” (Click here for a link to Steele’s biography posted on the web site of the Hoover Institution.)

The lecture will take place at the Bentley School’s Performing Arts Center, 1000 Upper Happy Valley Road in Lafayette. Check-in starts at 6 p.m., followed by the program at 6:30 p.m. and a book-signing at 7:30 p.m. The cost is $15 for Commonwealth Club members and$30 for non-members.

I am the moderator for the event, so I’m very much looking forward to hearing Steele’s observations on Obama’s bid for president.

For more information about the Commonwealth Club, click here to access its web site.

NOTE: Photo of Shelby Steele as it appears on the web site of the Hoover Institution.

Lisa Vorderbrueggen