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The Toni Morrison Lectures

The Toni Morrison Lectures spotlight the new and exciting work of scholars and writers who have risen to positions of prominence both in academe and in the broader world of letters. The lectures celebrate the expansive literary imagination, intellectual adventurousness and political insightfulness that characterize the writing of Toni Morrison. Morrison taught creative writing at Princeton for many years. In 2014 she donated a major portion of her papers to the Princeton University Library. As of spring of 2016, the papers are available for all scholars to visit and study.
October 4, 2016
4:30 PM

Reading Anti-Blackness: The Case of the Michaels, Queering the Monstrous

Jeffrey Q. McCune, Jr. (Washington University in St. Louis)
September 26, 2016
4:30 PM

Half-Caste: the Calculus of Numbers and the Fictions of Racial Logistics

Intersections Working Group and Hazel Carby (Yale University)

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Events affiliated with other areas on campus with AAS co-sponsorship

A Conversation about Black Lives Matter
Carl A. Fields Center
Multipurpose Room
Tuesday, 10/18 6-8PM
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Mike Brown, Sr., Shaun King

Department of African American Studies and Carl A. Fields Center

Reading of Trace
Whitman College, Class of 1970 Theater
Tuesday, 10/4 4:30PM
Lauret Savoy ’88 (Mt. Holyoke)

Program in American Studies, Princeton-Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities, and Department of African American Studies

An Evening with Model and Trans Latina Activist Carmen Carrera
McCosh 50
Thursday, 9/29 4:30PM-7PM

LGBT Center, Program in American Studies, Princeton Women*s Center, Program in Latin American Studies, Latinx Heritage Month, Princeton University Latinx Perspectives Organization, Carl A. Fields Center, Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice, and Campus Conversations on Identities Public Programming Series

The Rewriting Wikipedia Project: Africa and the Diaspora Workshops
330 Frist Campus Center
Tuesday, 9/20 Noon-1:20PM
Adeline Koh

McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning, Center for Digital Humanities, and Department of African American Studies

Aesthetic Afterlives: Memory, Transfiguration and the Arts
 219 Aaron Burr Hall
9/9-9/10 9:30AM-6:30PM
Jonathan Holloway (Yale), Nijah Cunningham (Princeton)

Department of Comparative Literature, Department of African American Studies, Lewis Center for the Arts, Department of French and Italian, Center for Collaborative History, Program in Judaic Studies, Ronald O. Perelman Institute for Judaic Studies, Princeton University Council of the Humanities, Office of the Dean of Faculty, Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, and University Center for Human Values


How race measures up in the United States today, in black and white

Unemployment December 2015

African American Unemployment Rate 8.3% -1.2%
Hispanic Unemployment Rate 6.3% 0%
White Unemployment Rate 4.5% +0.1%
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Wealth 2014

Mean Net Worth for African American Families $95,000
Mean Net Worth for Hispanic Families $112,000
Mean Net Worth for White Families $688,000
Source: Federal Reserve

Poverty 2013

African American Poverty Rate 34.0%
Hispanic Poverty Rate 31.6%
White Poverty Rate 16.7%
Source: United States Census Bureau


Department News

Professor Imani Perry and Professor Taylor Contribute to #PrincetonU Series, ‘The Next Four Years’ on Race and Inequality in United States

The next president will have to face growing economic precarity for a large portion of the American public. In fact, many other pressing issues — immigration, race, policing and incarceration, and gender equity — are shaped in some significant measure by the fact that substantial swaths of our population live in actual or near poverty conditions and face downward mobility and persistent under-employment. Not only does it mean that the American Dream has grown even more elusive, it drives competition, racial animus and resentment, underground economies and deep anxieties about masculinity and traditional manhood ideals.

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Professor Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor’s Black Lives Matter Book Awarded Lannan Cultural Freedom Award

The Board of Directors of Lannan Foundation announces the winner of this year’s Cultural Freedom Especially Notable Book AwardFrom #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation, written by Princeton University African American Studies professor and activist Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor. In From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation, Taylor surveys the historical and contemporary ravages of racism and persistent structural inequality, including mass incarceration, housing discrimination, police violence, and unemployment. She argues that the emerging struggle against police violence holds the potential to reignite a broader movement for Black liberation. The Haymarket Books Press publication is in its fourth printing. 

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Professor Chika Okeke-Agulu Wins the CAA Frank Jewett Mather Award for Art Criticism

Chika Okeke-Agulu, associate professor of art and archaeology and African American studies, has been awarded the Frank Jewett Mather Award for Art Criticism from the College Art Association (CAA) for his book Postcolonial Modernism: Art and Decolonization in 20th-Century Nigeria (Duke University Press, 2015). The award, given for significant published art criticism that has appeared in publication in a one-year period, is named in honor of art critic and scholar Mather, who came to Princeton in 1910 from Johns Hopkins University as the first Marquand Professor of Art and Archaeology, and became the director of the Princeton University Art Museum in 1922. Okeke-Agulu accepted the award at the CAA annual convention on Feb. 3 in Washington, D.C.

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