Past Events

Artists in Dialogue: Jon Henry & Mikael Owunna, Moderated by Andrew Plumley ‘11

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2021
7 p.m. EST

Advance registration is required. Learn more and register here.
 

Images from Henry and Owunna

Photographers Jon Henry and Mikael Owunna discuss their artistic responses to police murder of Black men. Andrew Plumley ’11 (Senior Director, Equity & Culture, American Alliance of Museums) moderates this online conversation, which will include audience Q&A. Free.

Advance registration required. Learn more and register: https://bit.ly/OwunnaHenry.

American Sign Language interpretation and live closed captioning provided. Accessibility questions? Contact Mikki Lane, 802.443.2309 or mlane@middlebury.edu.

This event is organized in conjunction with the exhibition “Art & Protest: Artists as Agents of Social Change,” on view at the Middlebury College Museum of Art through December 12. Museum hours & visitation policies in flux due to COVID-19: visit http://museum.middlebury.edu/visit for up-to-date information.

Co-sponsored by American Studies Department; Anderson Freeman Resource Center; Anti-Racist Task Force; Axinn Center for the Humanities; Black Studies Program; Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity; Critical Conversations Series; Faculty Director of Equity, Justice, and Inclusion; First Year Seminar Program; History of Art & Architecture Department; Justice Projects; Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; The Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs Program on Global Anti-Racism; and Studio Art Department.

Image credits:
Left: Mikael Owunna, “Nommo Semi (The Guardian of Space),” 2018 from the series “Infinite Essence.” Dye-sublimated aluminum Chromaluxe metal. Collection of Middlebury College Museum of Art. Purchase with funds provided by the Henry J. Simonds Student Curator Fund, 2021. Copyright Mikael Owunna.
Right: Jon Henry, “Untitled #48, Inglewood, CA,” 2019 from the series “Stranger Fruit.” Digital print on paper. Collection of Middlebury College Museum of Art. Purchase with funds provided by the Foster Family Art Acquisition Fund, 2020.007.08. Copyright Jon Henry.

Sponsored by:
Museum of Art; Office of Institutional Diversity Equity & Inclusion; Studio Art; Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs; First Year Seminar; History of Arts and Architecture; American Studies; Center Comparative Study of Race & Ethnicity; Anderson Freeman Resource Center; Black Studies, Axinn Center of the Humanities
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‘An Issue of Mercy’: Exploring the Life of Phillis Wheatley Peters
Through Documents & Poetry

Webinar with Prof. Honorée Fanonne Jeffers

Thursday, November 4, 2021, 7pm
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Fanonne Jeffers

In this online lecture, poet, essayist, and novelist Honorée Fanonne Jeffers will discuss the research and practice that led to her latest book of poetry, The Age of Phillis (2020). This collection is based upon fifteen years of research on the life and times of Phillis Wheatley Peters (1753–84), a formerly enslaved person who was the first African American woman to publish a book. The Age of Phillis won the 2021 NAACP Image Award for Literary Work: Poetry, was long-listed for the 2020 National Book Award in Poetry, and was a finalist for both the 2021 PEN/Volcker Award and the 2021 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Poetry.

For over twenty years, Honorée Fanonne Jeffers has been lifting her voice on issues of Black culture, racism, American history, and gender through the medium of writing. She is the author of five collections of poetry and the recent novel The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois (2021). She is the recipient of fellowships from the American Antiquarian Society, the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Vermont Studio Center, the Witter Bynner Foundation through the Library of Congress, and the Tennessee Williams’ Scholarship in Fiction from the Sewanee Writers Conference; in 2018, she was honored with the Harper Lee Award for Literary Distinction, a lifetime achievement award. She is a Professor of English at the University of Oklahoma.

Sponsored by the Academic Enrichment Fund, American Studies Department, English and American Literature Department, Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity, Black Studies Department, Gender/Sexuality/Feminist Studies Department, Writing Program, History Department, and the Axinn Center for the Humanities

Charles S. Grant Memorial Lecture: “Does American Politics have a Future? A Reflection on Time and Democracy.”

May 6, 2021
3:00–4:15 PM ET

One of the most influential historians of our times, Timothy Snyder, the Richard C. Levin Professor of History at Yale University and a permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna, will deliver this year’s Charles S. Grant Memorial Lecture.  The topic of his lecture is “Does American Politics have a Future? A Reflection on Time and Democracy.”

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The Grant lectureship is named in honor of Charles S. Grant, who was a gifted teacher and leading scholar of early American history in Middlebury’s History Department prior to his untimely death in 1961.  Shortly thereafter, his college colleagues and friends in the community raised funds to establish a lectureship in his honor.  Over the past fifty years, the Grant Fund has brought many distinguished historians to Middlebury.

Sponsored by:
History
Headshot fo Tymothy Snyder

Undrowned: Black Feminist Lessons from Marine Mammals

A talk by Alexis Gumbs, independent Poet, scholar, and activist

Gensler Family Symposium: April 30th, at 4:30 PM

For more information: go/gensler2021

Photo portrait of Alexis Gumbs
Alexis Gumbs

Architectures of the Flesh

With guest speaker Zakiyyah Iman Jackson

March 31, 2021, 4:30 p.m

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Zakiyyah Iman Jackson is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Southern California. She is the author of Becoming Human: Matter and Meaning in an Antiblack World, published by NYU Press in 2020 as part of their Sexual Cultures series. She is at work on a second book, tentatively entitled Obscure Light: Blackness and the Derangement of Sex-Gender. She has published numerous articles in Gay and Lesbian Quarterly, Feminist Studies, South Atlantic Quarterly, and others.

Cosponsors: Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies, The Feminist Resource Center at Chellis House, Black Studies, Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity, Department of English and American Literatures

“The History of White People and What It Means for Now”

with Nell Irvin Painter
Friday, October 9, 2020, 4:30–6:30 p.m. via Zoom

Nell Irvin Painter, author of The History of White People.

Sponsored by the Program in Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies; Feminist Resource Center at Chellis House; Axinn Center for the Humanities; Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity; Black Studies Program; Privilege & Poverty Academic Cluster; and the President’s Office.

Read more about Dr. Painter.

“Black Is the Body: Writing about Race in America”

with Emily Bernard 
March 5, 2020, at 4:30 p.m.

Emily Bernard, Julian Lindsay Green and Gold Professor of English at the University of Vermont.

Racial identity is a construction. But just because it is a fiction does not make it untrue. In this talk, Emily Bernard discussed 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 Vechten, Some of My Best Friends: Writings on Interracial Friendships, and Michelle Obama: The First Lady in Photographs.

View a video recording of the event.

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