Upcoming Events

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

Recent Past Events

“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.

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