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Works-in-Progress Lecture Series
Thursday, April 25, 2013
"Creolizing The Metropole: Migrant Caribbean Subjects and the Representation of Identity"
H. Adlai Murdoch, Tufts University
McGuiin Hall 121 @6:00pm
In "Creolizing the Metropole," Prof. Murdoch conducts close readings of selected literary works and films to explore how postcolonial Caribbean immigrants and their descendants represent their metropolitan identities.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
"It Just Makes Beauty: The Cross-Racial Friendship of W. E. B. Du Bois and Joel E. Spingarn"
Lori Harrison-Kahan, Boston College
Lyons 301 @ 12:00pm
Harrison-Kahan discusses Zora Neale Hurston's essay "The 'Pet Negro' System," a scathing critique of cross-racial relations tainted by white paternalism.This presentation examines the friendship between W. E. B. Du Bois and Joel Spingarn as an exception to Hurston's claim that supposed friendships between blacks and whites maintained, rather than disrupted, white privilege.
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New Directions Lecture Series
April 4, 2013
“Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight against Medical Discrimination”
Alondra Nelson, Columbia University
Institute for Research on Women and Gender (IRWaG)
Devlin 101 at 4:30 pm
The Black Panthers are most often remembered for their revolutionary rhetoric andmilitant action. Alondra Nelson deftly recovers an indispensable but lesser-known aspectof the organization's broader struggle for social justice: health care.