African American Studies’ Visual Turn: Souls Illustrated

Richard Powell, the John Spencer Bassett Professor of Art and Art History at Duke University, delivered the third Reflections on African American American Studies Lecture. His talk, entitled, “African American Studies’ Visual Turn: Souls Illustrated,” introduced a captive audience to works of art that reflect a visual dimension to W.E.B. Du Bois’ The Souls of Black Folks, and modeled new ways to weave African American art history and art into the teaching of African American Studies.

Powell stated, “My involvement in African American Studies, as a student first, and later as a scholar, has coincided with the discipline’s shift toward giving greater attention to African and African American art histories, to the material cultures of African peoples worldwide, and to visual matters within the African diaspora.”

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