News correspondent and author Farai Chideya will speak on “America: A Multicultural Future” at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 8, in 3M Auditorium, Owens Science Hall.

Chideya operates the Web site “Pop and Politics” and writes a political column for the Los Angeles Times syndicate. She was a CNN analyst during the 1996 presidential election and an ABC news correspondent covering a range of issues from youth to race to politics from 1997-1999. She also has been a writer at MTV News and for Newsweek magazine.

In 1997, Newsweek named Chidya to its “Century Club” of 100 people to watch.

Chideya is the author of The Color of Our Future, published in 1999, in which she interviews and analyzes the lives of teens and twenty-somethings across the United States. “We can’t understand America without first understanding it as a cross-section of cultures,” Chideya said. “The future will be created by the millennium generation, today’s 15- to 25-year-olds. They are the most racially mixed generation this country has ever seen — the face of the new America.”

Her first book, Don’t Believe the Hype: Fighting Cultural Misinformation About African-Americans, was published in 1995.

Chideya also is the anchor of “Pure Oxygen,” a cable show on Oxygen, a women’s network started by Oprah Winfrey and others.

A reception to meet the author will be held from 3 to 4:15 p.m. Thursday, March 8, in the Luann Dummer Center for Women, Room 103, O’Shaughnessy Educational Center.

Her visit at St. Thomas is sponsored by the University Lectures Committee, Luann Dummer Center for Women, Women’s Studies, American Cultural Studies and the Journalism and Communication departments.

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