Wilson Hall, McCullough Student Center
14 Old Chapel Road
Middlebury, VT 05753
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The Axinn Center for the Humanities presents its inaugural lecture by Emily Bernard: “Black is the Body: Writing about Race in America”

Racial identity is a construction. But just because it is a fiction does not make it untrue. In this talk, Emily Bernard  discusses the complex and central role of storytelling as a source of power, meaning, and beauty in her life as a writer, reader, and scholar of African American experience.


Emily Bernard is the Julian Lindsay Green and Gold Professor of English at the University of Vermont.  In addition to Black is the Body: Stories from My Grandmother’s Time, My Mother’s Time, and Mine, her books include Remember Me to Harlem: The Letters of Langston Hughes and Carl Van VechtenSome of My Best Friends: Writings on Interracial Friendships, and Michelle Obama: The First Lady in Photographs.

Sponsored by:
History; Axinn Center for the Humanities; Center for Teaching, Learning and Research; American Studies; Center for Comparative Study of Race & Ethnicity; Gender, Sexuality, & Fem Studies; Black Studies

Contact Organizer

Brett, Mirjam