Sami SchalkSami Schalk
Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013
7:00pm, Elaine Langone Center Forum


"Blackness and Disability: From Slavery to a Not-so-Distant Future"

Sami Schalk is a member of the board of directors of the Society for Disability Studies. She is currently a doctoral candidate in Gender Studies at Indiana University, where her research focuses on the representation of (dis)ability in black women's fiction. Her academic work has been published in the Disability Studies Quarterly and the Journal of Comparative Research in Anthropology and Sociology. Schalk isalso a poet and received her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Notre Dame. She currently holds a dissertation fellowship from the American Association of University Women.

All are welcome and encouraged to attend.


Since 1987, Bucknell University has organized an annual Black Experiences Lecture. Each fall the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender sponsors this Lecture, focused primarily on the African American experience. The Black Experience Lecture is intended for a wide audience and draws audience members from the campus as well as the local community. The series has featured prominent scholars from a range of disciplines including political science, linguistics, anthropology, history, and photography.

Lectures in recent years include:

2012-13

Barbara Smith
"Black Feminist Activism: My Next Chapter"

2011-12

Ben Vinson III (Johns Hopkins University)
"Black Synergies: Surveying Afromexican History with African American Linkages"

2010-11

Michelle M. Wright (Northwestern University)
"Black, But Not Like You: Race and Representation in the Age of Obama"

2009-10

Jennifer Bloomquist (Gettysburg College)
Looney Coons: Language, Race, and Ethnicity in Animated Film

2008-09

Melissa Harris-Lacewell (Princeton University)
Race and the 2008 Election

2007-08

Michael Gomez (New York University)
African Muslims in the Americas

2006-07

Michael Blakey (College of William and Mary)
New York's African Burial Ground: When the Dust Cleared

2005-06

Deborah Willis (New York University)
Imaging Black Culture

2004-05

Joy James (Brown)
Democracy and Captivity

2003-04

Tricia Rose (UC-Santa Cruz)
Black Cultural Futures: Struggles over Representation, Identity and Community in Hip Hop

2001-02

Wahneema Lubiano (Duke)
Race and Theoretical Hubris: Narrative Utility, Political Discomfort

2001-02

Kendall Thomas (Columbia)
AIDS, Race and Sexual Democracy

2001-02

Lewis Gordon (Brown)
Studying Black Folk in An Age of Disciplinary Decadence

2000-01

Christopher Edley, Jr. (Harvard)
Beyond the Black-White Paradigm: Multi-ethnic Complications in Civil Rights Struggles

In the 1990s, Bucknell hosted Cornel West (1991), Mary Helen Washington (1992), Angela Davis (1994), Michele Wallace (1995), and Kimberle Crenshaw (1998).

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