New Directions in African Diaspora Studies
a lecture series featuring the works of prominent scholars in the field of african diaspora studies
The 2012-2013 New Direction 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 and militant action. Alondra Nelson deftly recovers an indispensable but lesser-known aspect of the organization's broader struggle for social justice: health care.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
"Birth Certificates, Fact Checkers and the Art of Negrospotting: A Look at Race, Comedy, and Politics in the 2012 Election"
Fulton Hall, Room 511
Baratunde Thurston is a politically-active, technology-loving comedian from the future. He co-founded the black political blog, Jack and Jill Politics and served as Director of Digital for The Onion. He has written for Vanity Fair and the UK Independent, hosted Popular Science’s Future Of on Discovery Science and appears on cable news regularly to say smart things in funny ways. Then-candidate Barack Obama called him "someone I need to know." Baratunde travels the world speaking and advising and performs standup regularly in NYC. He resides in Brooklyn, lives on Twitter and has over 30 years experience being black. His first book, How To Be Black, is a New York Times best-seller.