Former NPR journalist, Michele Norris, presents 'The Race Card Project' at UNI Jan. 30

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Michele Norris, famed journalist and former host of National Public Radio’s "All Things Considered," will present "The Race Card Project" at the University of Northern Iowa’s Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC) at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 30. The event is free but will be ticketed. Tickets must be picked up in person at the GBPAC.

Michele Norris
Michele Norris, famed journalist and former host of National Public Radio’s "All Things Considered."

Norris is, according to her web page, one of the most trusted voices in American journalism. Her voice informs, engages and enlightens listeners with thoughtful interviews and in-depth reporting as one of the hosts of NPR’s flagship afternoon broadcast, "All Things Considered." Norris uses an approachable interviewing style that is at once relaxed and rigorous. She’s interviewed world leaders, Nobel laureates, Oscar winners, American presidents, military leaders, influential newsmakers and astronauts traveling in outer space.

Norris’ "The Race Card Project" has been presented across the United States to rave reviews. Through it, participants are asked to think about their experiences, questions, dreams and observations about race and identity. Then the participants must distill those thoughts to just one six-word sentence. The project actually began as a conversation exercise during her book tour, but the response was so overwhelming that Norris decided to keep it going. 

“I've listened to Michele Norris speak before and was fascinated with how she describes grace and the role it plays in our lives,” said Michael Hager, senior vice president for finance and operations at UNI. Hager heard Norris speak in 2017 during a conference. “I remember thinking she would be a great person to invite to the UNI campus as her approach is similar to how our campus discusses differences and similarities, including hope for the future. The candor with which she shares about her own family is amazing. I'm excited she will be on campus.”

For more information about the presentation, contact Gwenne Berry, assistant to the president and chief diversity officer, at 319-273-2820 or For ticketing information, visit the GBPAC on UNI’s campus.


Gwenne Berry, assistant to the president/chief diversity officer, 319-273-2820,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-2761,