Lecture Series to Focus on Black History and Culture

Lecture Series to Focus on Black History and Culture

A series of three lectures by visiting scholars examining various aspects of black history, religion and culture begins tonight at 7 p.m. with a talk by Yale University Professor of African American Studies and Sociology Paul Gilroy.

A scholar of black British culture and 20th-century black music, Gilroy will present "You Feel No Pain: Diaspora, Globalization and the Integrity of Anti-Racism" in Gasson 305.

Other speakers this semester will be Northwestern University Professor of Sociology Aldon Morris on March 29, and Connecticut College Associate Professor of Gender and Women's Studies Jacqui Alexander on April 17.

The lecture series is a component of a graduate seminar being offered by the Sociology Department, "Black Social Thought in the Early 21st Century: Politics, Culture and Social Change." Visiting Prof. Thomas Reifer is teaching the seminar, which explores key themes in contemporary African-American and "Black Atlantic" social thought. The three scholars will each spend a week at BC working with students and helping develop reading assignments for the seminar.

"The public lectures will give people a global perspective on the black experience and afford everyone the chance to hear what is on the agenda of the country's leading thinkers in black social thought," said Reifer.
Morris, an author and expert on the origins of the civil rights movement and black churches, will speak on "Black Religion, Politics, and Gender: An Exploration of the National Baptist Convention." His talk will take place on March 29 from 7-9 p.m. in Gasson 305.

For her April 17 lecture, Alexander will discuss "Transnational Feminism: Mapping a Discipline/Mapping a Movement." The event will be held from 7-9 p.m. at a location to be announced later.

-Kathleen Sullivan

 

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