Blow, who is the visual Op-Ed Columnist for the Times, opened the forum by reading his much-discussed Op-Ed from July 15, 2013, "The Whole System Failed Trayvon Martin." He then discussed his close connection with the Martin family, as well as his surprise that the seemingly small, local story garnered so much national attention.
The forum continued as Greil Marcus asked Blow to talk about his education as a journalist, and how it is that he rose from a small paper in Louisiana to such a prestigious position at the Times.
Watch full video of the forum below:
Charles M. Blow is the is the visual Op-Ed columnist for the New York Times. As the graphics director and design director for news, his leadership has led the paper to win multiple awards for news design and info-graphics. Mr. Blow was previously the art director for National Geographic Magazine.
Greil Marcus is a distinguished visiting professor at The New School. Each fall, he curates and hosts 4 events connected to the mission of the Riggio Honors Program: Writing and Democracy and the rich intersections of writing, music and cultural criticism.