Griot Spring Series 2020
Black Radical Thought & Art — Multidisciplinarily Considered
The Griot 2020 spring series will explore aspects of black radical thought as a continuing presence in the historical and contemporary discourse(s) on "racism." At the turn of the last century, historian, sociologist and activist W.E.B. Du Bois wrote in a now all-too-familiar quote that "the problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color-line." Du Bois' identification of systemic racism as the most significant issue of the last century was not only prescient, but also describes the racial realities of the current century. Many black thinkers and artists have considered and wrestled with "racism" and how to address it.
One constellation of thought is often referred to as black radical thought. The iterations of this Griot series, being offered in conjunction with the Program in Africana Studies and the Department of English, will reflect on the meanings, significances and impacts of this ever-expanding and multifarious realm of thought in confronting the intractable presence of racism in and as the American project.
The Griot Spring Series is supported by the generous assistance of the University Lectureship Committee and is co-sponsored by the Bucknell Humanities Center.