Presentations by New York Times columnist and author Anand Giridharadas and Chinese-American poet Marilyn Chin will continue SUNY Oswego’s spring Diversity Speakers Series that began with social justice leader Bernice A. King and BET TV news anchor Marc Lamont Hill.

Giridharadas, whose “Letter from America” appears biweekly in the New York Times, will talk about his recent book, “The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas,” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 10, in Marano Campus Center auditorium.

The award-winning Chin has titled her 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, talk in the same auditorium after one of her several books of poems, “Hard Love Province,” which won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award last year.

Their free Diversity Speakers Series talks, sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, follow the inspirational speech of Martin Luther King Jr.‘s daughter on Jan. 29 in Hewitt ballroom, and the Black History Month keynote talk of Marc Lamont Hill on Feb. 17 in Sheldon Hall ballroom.

Giridharadas’ book examines the killing spree of a Dallas white supremacist who targeted people he perceived as Muslim and the attempt by a man he critically injured to rescue the murderer from the death penalty. The author appears regularly on TV and radio, including CNN, MSNBC, NPR, “Morning Joe” and “The Daily Show.”

A frequent speaker on stages from Harvard to the Sydney Opera House, Giridharadas lectures on a wide range of topics, bringing a special cultural take to his subjects. He has received honors from the Society of Publishers in Asia, the South Asian Journalists Association, the Poynter Fellowship in Journalism at Yale and the New York Public Library’s Helen Bernstein Award.

Chin, born in Hong Kong and raised in Oregon, has written books of poems blending East and West, including “Rhapsody in Plain Yellow,” “Dwarf Bamboo” and “The Phoenix Gone, the Terrace Empty,” as well as “Hard Love Province,” honored for addressing issues of race and diversity. She also wrote “Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen,” a work of fiction.

Presently the Grace Hazard Conkling Poet-in-Residence at Smith College, Chin is professor emerita at San Diego State University. She was featured in Bill Moyers’ PBS series “The Language of Life,” and in “Poetry Everywhere,” introduced by Garrison Keillor. Chin has read and taught workshops all over the world.

Diversity Speakers Series presentations are free and open to the public. Those without a current campus parking sticker should visit for information on obtaining a one-day permit.