Arizona PBS, Cronkite School will host an event featuring PBS personality Henry Louis Gates Jr. on April 30 at ASU Gammage


Arizona PBS, ASU Gammage, and ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication will host a dynamic event, Past connections that bind us all: a conversation with Henry Louis Gates Jr. Saturday April 30 at 7 p.m. at ASU Gammage. Presented with support from SRP, the 90-minute event will feature Dr. Gates offering behind-the-scenes details of the discovery process for celebrity guests on “Finding Your Roots,” his now-running hit PBS series. its eighth season.

“Our lives are constructed by stories, which are shaped by our families, our experiences and our environment. The collective of these stories is what shapes the American experience and our overall identity as a people,” said Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. “I look forward to visiting ASU to discuss this collective identity and the ties that bind us all.

Arizona PBS members can purchase event tickets at a 15% discount, starting April 1 in an exclusive pre-sale. Consumer sales begin April 4. For seats on the main level, ticket prices range from $30 to $70 plus fees. Tickets for balcony seats are available, but the Arizona PBS member discount does not apply to these seats. The ticket price for the balcony seat is $5.50 plus fees for ASU students and $20 plus fees for non-students. To purchase tickets, visit

“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Gates to ASU and look forward to an evening of enlightening discussions about our roots and how the past continues to impact who we are today,” said Dr. Battinto L. Batts Jr., Dean of the Cronkite School.

In addition to hosting PBS’s “Finding Your Roots,” Dr. Gates, a renowned historian, is a professor at Alphonse Fletcher University and director of the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at the University of Harvard. Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, literary scholar, journalist, cultural critic and institution builder, Dr. Gates has authored or co-authored 24 books and produced 21 documentary films.

“As host of one of PBS’s signature programs, we are thrilled to welcome Dr. Henry Louis Gates to Arizona, and we are thrilled to offer this engagement opportunity to our loyal members,” said Adrienne Fairwell, managing director of Arizona PBS. “As Arizona’s largest public media station, a key part of our mission is to facilitate community discussions around the important issues facing our state and our nation, and this event will help us do just that. “

Dr. Gates will participate in a Q&A session comprised of questions submitted by Arizona PBS viewers and community members. Community members are invited to submit questions that will be featured during the event’s Q&A segment in the form of video messages. To submit a video, click here.

For more information on Dr. Gates, click here. To learn more about the event, watch the video below:

About Arizona PBS
Arizona PBS is one of the nation’s leading public media outlets, with four broadcast channels and a growing range of digital platforms. A trusted community resource for 60 years, Arizona PBS promotes lifelong learning through quality programming, in-depth news coverage and essential educational outreach services. It is one of the nation’s largest public television stations, reaching 80% of Arizona homes and 1.9 million homes weekly. Arizona PBS has been part of ASU since the station launched in 1961. Learn more at

On ASU Gammaing
For more than 50 years, ASU Gammage has been a leading cultural destination in the Valley. The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Performing Arts Center located on the Tempe campus of Arizona State University is one of the world’s largest college performing arts presenters and Broadway’s premier touring market . Home to the Desert Financial Broadway Across America – Arizona and Beyond series, Connecting Communities™ mission goes beyond the stage and programs and impacts the community through shared artistic experiences.

About Cronkite School
Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication is widely recognized as one of the nation’s top professional journalism programs and has received international acclaim for its innovative use of the “university hospital” model. Rooted in the centuries-old values ​​that characterize its namesake – precision, accountability, objectivity, integrity – the school fosters journalistic excellence and ethics both in the classroom and in its 13 professional programs that fully immerse students in the practice of journalism. journalism and related fields. Arizona PBS, one of the nation’s largest public television stations, is part of Cronkite, making it the largest journalism school-run outlet in the world. Learn more at


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