African-American Art, Activism, & Aesthetics/Honoring the Legacy of James Baldwin - Spring 2016
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 expressions.The series has two main focal points. One is a scholarly conversation showcasing James Baldwin's astute and uncompromising analysis of institutional forms of racism, heteronormative sexuality, and anti-body sentiments found in dominant religious systems and tenets of his day. The other 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. Each of the artists presenting will use Baldwin's legacy as a springboard for conversations about their own work and processes and their intersections with social justice.