Zaheer Ali, professor of history at New York University, delivers a talk. Using "The autobiography of Malcolm X" by Alex Haley as a framework for discussion, Ali identifies each phase of Malcolm X's life and analyzes his historical importance, his impact on African-American society and his impact on the broader American culture. He answers questions from the audience. The event is convened by Amy DeRogatis, professor of Religious Studies at Michigan State University. Ali is introduced by Christopher Long, Dean of Arts and Letters at MSU.