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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Upcoming Events

Tuesday, Feb. 9, 7 p.m., Campus Theatre

Film Showing: James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket

The film recounts the life, works and beliefs of the late writer and civil rights activist and addresses what it is to be born black, impoverished, gifted, and gay in a world that has yet to understand that "all men are brothers." James Baldwin tells his own story in this emotional portrait.

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Wednesday, Feb. 17, 7 p.m., ELC Gallery Theatre

Monica Simpson

Monica Simpson is the Executive Director of SisterSong, the National Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective. As an activist, organizer, and artist, Monica has been widely recognized and admired for her relentless support and activism on social justice issues, especially affecting the LGBT and African-American communities.

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Wednesday, Feb. 24, 7 p.m., Tustin Studio Theatre

Judith Jamison

Judith Jamison joined Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 1965 and quickly became an international star. Over the next 15 years, Mr. Ailey created some of his most enduring roles for her, most notably the tour-de-force solo Cry.

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Wednesday, March 2, 7 p.m., ELC Gallery Theatre

Clarence Hardy

Clarence Hardy is a professor at Yale Divinity School, and author of an important book that has garnered national attention: James Baldwin's God: Sex, Hope and Crisis in Black Holiness Culture.

Workshop: Thursday, March 3, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., by RSVP with

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