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  • "Showdown" with author Wil Haygood

    Feb 24
    7:00PM – 9:00PM
    Alumni Hall #16 on the campus map
  • Ohio Dominican University
    Open to Everyone Cost: Free

Join us for an evening with New York Times best-selling author and award-winning journalist, Wil Haygood, as he discusses his new book, "Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination that Changed America."

Book cover for Showdown by Wil HaygoodTickets are free, but seating is limited.
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Nominated for an NAACP Image Award, and named one of the best books of the year by ABC News, NPR, The Washington Post and The Boston Globe, "Showdown" documents the tumultuous, real-life events surrounding the appointment of Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court justice, in 1967.

"We are thrilled that Wil has agreed to come back to Ohio Dominican to discuss his insightful new book," said ODU President Peter Cimbolic, Ph.D. "This is a wonderful opportunity for our campus community to learn more about Thurgood Marshall, a historic and profoundly influential individual who had a tremendous impact on the direction of our country and the civil rights movement."

Haygood attended ODU as a high school student during the summers from 1970-72 through ODU's Upward Bound program. 

"It's always wonderful for me when I can return to Ohio Dominican to share aspects of my writing life. The school has long served as a kind of spiritual home for me," Haygood said. "I didn't realize the timing of the publication of 'Showdown' would be so notable. This is a book about history and politics and yes, that quagmire—race—that has so long haunted the American story. I'm excited to have some of these very discussions with students at ODU."

Attendees may purchase copies of "Showdown" in the ODU Bookstore for $32.50 prior to and during the event. A book signing will be held immediately following the discussion in the Bishop James A. Griffin Student Center.