Cedric Jennings to speak at URI, Sept. 22

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Subject of the biography A Hope in the Unseen

KINGSTON, R.I. – September 17, 2010 –Cedric Jennings, the subject of the biography A Hope in the Unseen: An American Odyssey from the Inner City to the Ivy League by Ron Suskind will visit the University of Rhode Island on Sept. 22 and will speak at two sessions at 4 and 7:30 p.m. in Edwards Auditorium, 64 Upper College Road, Kingston. His talks are free and open to public.

More than 2,900 incoming freshmen read A Hope Unseen this summer as the University’s common reading book. Many URI faculty and staff members have also read the book.

The topics of race, adult development, access to higher education, and more, as discussed in this book, complement the University’s fall 2010 Honors Colloquium entitled RACE.

The book follows Jennings and his challenging journey through his last two years of high school as an A student in a challenging urban neighborhood in Washington, D.C. through his adjustment and transition to his freshmen year at Brown University. At Brown, Jennings sometimes feels profoundly alienated from his peers as he looks to adjust to college and discover his path in life. The book is a testament to Jennings’ persistence and determination, drawn from courage, faith, and intelligence. Jennings is now director of the Office of Youth Programs, under the Council of the District of Columbia.