In spring 2016, we invite the campus community to participate in a lecture/conversation series that marks the first major series partnership between the Griot Institute for Africana Studies and the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender. The series is rooted in questions about the intersections of identity, race, gender, sexuality, aesthetics, and activism as they affect and inform a wide range of African American artistic and cultural expressions.
The series has two main focal points. CSREG will be hosting a set of critical conversations by humanistic scholars reflecting on Baldwin's legacy today, specifically his rich artistry that illuminated the complicated intersections of queerness, blackness, identity, and religious rhetoric. Featured guests will examine Baldwin's uncompromising analysis of racism, heteronormative sexuality, and anti-body sentiments found in the dominant religious systems and tenants of his day. As a whole, these conversations provide a portal for understanding the usefulness of intersectional analysis for attending the rich complexity of racial, sexual, religious, and gender identities we often find in ourselves and in others.
The other focal point will be run by the GRIOT Institute and is an extended conversation with leading African-American artists about their creative journeys in light of the contemporary structural realities of the United States, particularly as they concern artistic expression and racism and the intersections of aesthetic, economic, sociological, and psychological inequality.
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