The University of the South’s common book this year, Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me, provides a unique experience for Sewanee’s newest students, as well as faculty, staff, and community members, to engage in dialogue and discussion. The community is invited to a talk related to the book given by Terrell Strayhorn, director of the Center for Higher Education Enterprise at the Ohio State University.
Written as a letter to Coates’s teen-aged son, Between the World and Me speaks to young black people at this moment in U.S. history and raises important questions about how to come to grips with their place in the world. Writing in the New York Times, Michelle Alexander said, “Whether you agree or disagree, one of the great joys of reading Ta-Nehisi Coates is being challenged in ways you didn’t expect or imagine.”
Terrell L. Strayhorn, Ph.D., is professor of educational studies in the College of Education and Human Ecology at the Ohio State University, and director of the Center for Higher Education Enterprise.
A renowned student success scholar, highly acclaimed public speaker, and award-winning writer, Strayhorn is author of 10 books, more than 50 book chapters, more than 150 journal articles, and many other scholarly publications. He has presented lectures around the globe.
Strayhorn maintains an active research agenda focusing on major policy issues in education: student access and achievement, equity and diversity, the impact of college on students, and student learning and development. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia, a master’s degree in educational policy from the Curry School of Education at UVA, and doctorate in higher education from Virginia Tech. He is a native of Virginia Beach, Virginia. Known for using the hashtag #DoGoodWork on social media, Strayhorn in 2011 was named one of the country’s top diversity scholars by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, and in 2014 became the youngest full professor in Ohio State’s history.