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Outspoken Political Commentator & Author Speaks In Ann Arbor

Oct 16, 2017

Credit Random House Books

Nicola’s Books presents CNN’s Van Jones on Tuesday, October 17th at 7:30 PM at the Rogel Ballroom at the Michigan Union.  Tickets must be purchased for this event.  89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry spoke to him in advance of his local appearance.


Van Jones is a CNN political contributor and host of the recurring CNN primetime special "The Messy Truth with Van Jones."  A graduate of the University of Tennessee and Yale Law School, he was a special adviser to the Obama White House and is the author of two New York Times bestsellers.

Jones founded the social justice accelerator The Dream Corps and has led numerous social and environmental justice enterprises, including the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Color of Change, and Green For All.

He has earned many honors, including the World Economic Forum’s “Young Global Leader” designation and a Webby Special Achievement Award, and he has been named one of Rolling Stone’s 12 Leaders Who Get Things Done, Fast Company’s 12 Most Creative Minds on Earth, and Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World.  He lives with his wife and two children in the Los Angeles area.

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