On ‘Bound in Wedlock’

The Black Female Resistance Panel included Tera Hunter (Bound in Wedlock), Carol Anderson (White Rage), Erica Armstrong Dunbar (Never Caught), and Beth Macy (Truevine). This panel was moderated by Barbara Krauthamer, Dean of the Graduate School and Professor of History at University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

From #BlackLivesMatter to the White Power Presidency

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor is author of From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation (2016), an examination of the history and politics of Black America and the development of the social movement Black Lives Matter in response to police violence in the United States. Taylor’s research examines race and public policy including American housing policies. Dr. Taylor is currently working on a manuscript titled Race for Profit: Black Housing and the Urban Crisis of the 1970s, which looks at the federal government’s promotion of single-family homeownership in Black communities after the urban rebellions of the 1960s. Taylor looks at how the federal government’s turn to market-based solutions in its low-income housing programs in the 1970s impacted Black neighborhoods, Black women on welfare, and emergent discourses on the urban “underclass.” Taylor is interested in the role of private sector forces, typically hidden in public policy making and execution, in the “urban crisis” of the 1970s.

Zora Neale Hurston’s “Barracoon”

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Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo,” by Zora Neale Hurston was considered too incendiary a work to publish when it was written in the 1930s. It was based on the interviews Hurston conducted with Oluale Kossula (or Cudjo Lewis) the last survivor of the last slave ship. Now after all this time, the book has been published for mass circulation. Marty is joined by the book’s editor, DEBORAH PLANTan African American literature scholar, and AUTUMN WOMACK, assistant professor of African American Studies and English at Princeton University to discuss the book’s history, Kossula’s story, and what we can learn from the words of America’s last known survivor of the transatlantic slave trade. Philadelphia-based actor JOHNNIE HOBBS, Jr. also reads poignant moments from the book.

Pulp Fiction’s Uncanny Origins

In this episode of the AAS 21 Podcast, Professor Kinohi Nishikawa comes to the table with Professor Eddie S. Glaude Jr. to discuss black pulp fiction, and taking seriously “lower” forms of literature in the college classroom, and beyond. Nishikawa’s forthcoming book, Street Players: Black Pulp Fiction and the Making of a Literary Underground is expected out November 2018 (University of Chicago Press). In particular, the book traces the many titles published by Holloway House from the late 1960’s to the imprint’s close in 2008. This fascinating discussion is deep dive into questions about genre, different communities of readers, and how modern literature, and its handling of complex topics, touches other art forms. Professor Nishikawa and Professor Glaude also discuss Nishikawa’s other major work-in-progress, Blueprints for Black Writing: African American Literature and Book Design, which considers the important yet overlooked role book design (e.g., typography, paper quality, cover art) has played in shaping modern African American literature.

Race and Nation in the Age of Trump and Brexit

Gary Younge is an author, broadcaster, and award-winning columnist for the Guardian. He also writes a monthly column for The Nation magazine and is the Alfred Knobler Fellow for The Nation Institute. 

Born in Britain to Barbadian parents, Younge reported all over Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean before being appointed the Guardian’s US correspondent in 2003. In 2009 he won Britain’s prestigious James Cameron Award for “combined moral vision and professional integrity.” 

His first book, No Place Like Home: A Black Briton’s Journey through the Deep South, was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award. His third book, Who Are We—and Should It Matter in the 21st Century?, was shortlisted for the Bristol Festival of Ideas Book Prize. The Speech is his fourth book.

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor writes and speaks on Black politics, social movements, and racial inequality in the United States. She is the author of From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation, which won the 2016 Lannan Cultural Freedom Award for an Especially Notable Book, and the editor of How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective. Her writing has been featured in the New York Times, the GuardianSoulsCulture and SocietyJacobinNew PoliticsIn These TimesBlack Agenda ReportMs.International Socialist Review, and many other publications. She is assistant professor in the department of African American Studies at Princeton University.

Future Perfect: Designer and Discarded Genomes

Date recorded: Jun 16, 2017

This talk was presented for the event Future Perfect. In a moment when the future increasingly feels like a foregone conclusion, Future Perfect brought actors from a variety of world-building disciplines (from art and fiction, to law and science) together to explore the uses, abuses, and paradoxes of speculative futures. Curated by Data & Society artist-in-residence Ingrid Burrington, Future Perfect was an experimental one-day, invitation-only conference originating from insights of the institute’s regular Speculative Fiction Reading Group.