Posted on March 09, 2017, BY Matt Hughes

From racial profiling to wrongful death, African-Americans have been targeted and abused in the United States for centuries. In a lecture on Wednesday, March 22, at 7 p.m. in the Gallery Theatre inside the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University, cultural historian Harvey Young will address how acts of violence involving African-American children, women and men not only have conspired to create an experience of blackness and but also have inspired a politics of resistance and activism. The talk is free and open to the public and is part of the Griot Institute's The Black Body (Re)Considered spring lecture series.

Young is a professor of theatre, performance studies, African-American studies and radio/television/film and the chair and director of the theatre department at Northwestern University. His research focuses extensively on performance and race. His published works include Embodying Black Experience and Black Theater is Black Life: An Oral History of Chicago Theater. Dr. Young has served on the Association for Theatre in Higher Education as president-elect, as well as in organizations such as Northlight Theatre and African-American Arts Alliance of Chicago.

The lecture is co-sponsored by the English department.

The Black Body (Re)Considered series is intended to engage the campus community and beyond in an extended conversation about the black body from multiple disciplinary perspectives. It is rooted in questions about the intersections of identity, race, gender, sexuality, historical context and agency, particularly as they concern representations and realities of the black body as impacted by racism, as well as aesthetic, economic, sociological and psychological inequalities. This conversation is particularly critical in light of the crises of the present moment, which are linked to and inextricable derive from the realities of the past. 

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