MacArthur ‘Genius’ at City College of New York

12/17/2015, 10:16 a.m.
Author Colson Whitehead graced City College of New York in a lecture and conversation with Dr. R. L’Heureux Lewis-McCoy.
Whitehead, third from the left, is pictured above with Lewis-McCoy, Dr. Cheryl Sterling and editor and author Malaika Adero at the far right. Herb Boyd photo

At an institution noted for its awarding-winning scholars, it was apropos for author Colson Whitehead to grace the college in a lecture and conversation with Dr. R. L’Heureux Lewis-McCoy. Whitehead, the recipient of many awards, including a MacArthur “Genius Grant” in 2002, was on campus recently as the concluding speaker in the Black Studies Lecture Series. Among his many novels are “John Henry Days,” “The Intuitionist” and “Zone One,” which depicts a post-apocalyptic New York City, published in 2011.