“A renewed democratic faith in each other is required to change our course. Thin imaginations will seal our fate.”
Eddie S. Glaude Jr.

We live in a world where black humanity is a relatively new idea.”
Marc Lamont Hill

“While it is true that when Black people get free, everyone gets free, Black people in America cannot ‘get free’ alone.”
– Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

“Sexism and misogyny are afoot. But the entire American political enterprise is saturated with the problem of patriarchy.
Imani Perry



Chair of the Department of African American Studies, Princeton University

Eddie S. Glaude Jr. studies philosophy and literature, theorizing approaches towards addressing persistent inequality by devising critical frames (like the Value Gap) that elevate public discourse to a level he describes as “accessible seriousness.” He is an expert in African American religious history and theology.



Usner Keeanga

Assistant Professor of African American Studies, Princeton University

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor studies race and public policy with specialization in housing policy. She is also interested in social movements, rebellion, and American politics.





Hughes-Rogers Professor of African American Studies, Princeton University

Imani Perry studies race, gender and African American culture using the tools provided by various disciplines including: law, literary and cultural studies, and the social sciences.





Distinguished Professor of African American Studies, Morehouse College

Marc Lamont Hill is currently the host of BET News and VH1 Live, as well as a political contributor for CNN. Trained as an anthropologist of education, his research focuses on the intersections between culture, politics, and education.



About the Conversation Series

Our conversation series demonstrates the department’s commitment to modeling a form of engagement that enriches public discussion on a range of topics, including politics, music, literature, and the arts.  The series brings together two or more public figures from the same or different fields to share perspectives on their work and insights into our society.

Watch past talks in the Series.

October 27, 2016 5:00 PM
Carl Fields Center - 58 Prospect Avenue