What’s Old? What’s New? – “The New Normal”

As seen from Ari Shapiro’s vantage point

Kansas City, Mo. – Ari Shapiro, NPR’s White House Correspondent and an award-winning journalist, will deliver the 6th Annual UMKC Pride Keynote Address at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 7. His topic will be “The Next LGBTQ Generation – The New Normal.”

“We are pleased to have such a strong advocate as our speaker for the Pride lecture,” said Karen Dace, deputy chancellor of the Division of Diversity, Access and Equity. “When Ari Shapiro came out to his family, they embraced his identity – providing tremendous support – and he has achieved success in his academic, career and personal lives. Unfortunately, Mr. Shapiro’s experiences are not shared by all LGBTQIA community members. We hope that his talk inspires conversations that will make his experience more common.”

Shapiro was the first NPR reporter promoted to correspondent before age 30. He has received numerous journalism prizes, including The American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel for his coverage of prisoners lost in the Louisiana detention system after Hurricane Katrina; and The Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize for his investigation of meth use and HIV transmission. He has appeared as a guest analyst on news programs, including The Rachel Maddow Show, CNN Newsroom and The NewsHour.

Shapiro is a magna cum laude graduate of Yale and began his journalism career in 2001 in the NPR office of Nina Totenberg, legal affairs correspondent.

This event is free and open to the public; however, online registration is required. The event will be held in the UMKC Pierson Auditorium, Atterbury Student Success Center, 5000 Holmes St., Kansas City, Mo.

Free parking is available in the Cherry Street Parking Garage, 50th & Cherry Street, Area 32N on levels five and six only.

About the University of Missouri-Kansas City
The University of Missouri-Kansas City, one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 15,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students, and celebrating its 80th anniversary in 2013. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a four-part mission: life and health sciences; visual and performing arts; urban issues and education; and a vibrant learning and campus life experience. For more information about UMKC, visit You can also find us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and watch us on YouTube.


This information is available to people with speech or hearing impairments by calling Relay Missouri at (800) 735-2966 (TT) or (800) 735-2466 (voice).


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