MSNBC anchor takes on Lehman this Sunday night


Lehman College is going all-in Sunday when MSNBC anchor Chris Hayes returns to his part of the Bronx to promote his new book and help one woman bring a bookstore back to the borough.

Hayes will take the stage May 21 at 6:45 p.m., at Lovinger Theatre, to share his book, “A Colony in a Nation.” In the book, Hayes talks about two different Americas: a colony and a nation. In a nation, we venerate the law, Hayes said, while in a colony we obsess over order, fear trumps civil rights, and aggressive policing resembles occupation. 

“It’s really a Bronx homecoming,” said Michael Sullivan, Lehman’s director of campus life. “Chris grew up in Norwood, but his parents actually live in Spuyten Duyvil.”

Hayes hosts “All In” on MSNBC, the lead-in program to Rachel Maddow. He’s also editor-at-large at The Nation, and previously hit the best-selling list with “Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy.” 

His visit is part of a program offered by Lehman’s Center for Student Leadership Development, which provides courses and other programs designed to create future leaders. Hayes also is offering some of the proceeds of book sales Sunday night to Lehman alum Noelle Santos, who wants to open a bookstore in the Bronx.

The Lit Bar is a planned hybrid bookstore and wine bar Santos has developed, already raising more than $80,000 in donations with a goal of opening a storefront in the fall. 

Before he takes the stage, Hayes also will spend a half-hour with students from DreamYard, an arts-inspired program that’s now in 45 public schools across the Bronx. In fact, Hayes’ mother Geri is a volunteer with the program, Sullivan said.

The event is free and open to the public. Lovinger Theatre is located at 250 Bedford Park Blvd. W., on the Lehman campus. 

“Chris is a pretty talented guy who I think has clear principles of helping the underserved,” Sullivan said. “I’m glad we’re able to bring him to Lehman for an evening.”