Randall Kennedy, a controversial writer and a professor at Harvard, will talk about the history of racial slurs, specifically the word "nigger" and attempt to explain the racial dynamics that define American society.
Kennedy has been at the center of controversy with his 2002 book "Nigger: The Strange Center of a Troublesome Word." In his book, the word's roots are explored as well as the fluctuating usage of through popular culture, the court system, academia and disparate racial communities.
The Issues Committee is primarily responsible for bringing guest speakers to campus to speak about culturally and socially diverse topics.
After looking at an array of speakers and topics, the Issues committee chose to bring Kennedy to campus.
The committee felt that it was time for UT to discuss racial relations.
Kennedy will begin speaking at 7:30 p.m. in the UC Auditorium.