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Tues 4.21.15 | African Americans and the Environment

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Why are African Americans missing from our collective imagery of the environment and environmentalism?  Cultural geographer Carolyn Finney discusses both the history of African Americans and nature -- as it's defined in the United States -- and the history of African American environmentalism, separating myth from fact.

Mon 4.13.15 | Black Slaves, Indians, and the US Colonial Project

Barbara Krauthamer, Black Slaves, Indian Masters: Slavery, Emancipation, and Citizenship in the Native American South UNC Press, 2013

Alyosha Goldstein, ed., Formations of United States Colonialism Duke U. Press, 2014

Willis and Krauthamer, Envisioning Emancipation Temple U. Press, 2013

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Notions of racial hierarchy abounded in the early nineteenth century as missionaries tried to convert Native Americans, federal officials sought to seize Indian lands, and Indians in the southern US bought, sold, and owned black slaves. Barbara Krauthamer relates what happened when people of different races, agendas, and social status encountered one another in the shadow of the US colonial project.

Tues 3.24.15 | A. Philip Randolph, Black Socialist

Eric Arnesen

Kersten and Lang, eds., Reframing Randolph: Labor, Black Freedom, and the Legacies of A. Philip Randolph NYU Press, 2015

Eric Arnesen, Brotherhoods of Color Harvard U. Press, 2001

Eric Arnesen, The Black Worker U. of Illinois Press, 2007

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A. Philip Randolph famously led the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, but he did much more than that. Eric Arnesen traces Randolph's emergence as a militant socialist at a time when few Blacks were attracted to the Socialist Party and its emphasis on class. Arnesen also discusses Randolph's relationship with Eugene Debs and W. E. B. Du Bois.

Wed 3.18.15 | We Are All Criminals

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People with criminal records are, too often, written off by society. Is that fair, asks Emily Baxter, given that we've all violated the law at one time or another? Baxter's project collects and disseminates the stories of crimes people got away with, often because of their class or race privilege. (Encore presentation.)

Wed 3.04.15 | Blacks and the Master/Slave Relation

Frank Wilderson, III, Incognegro: A Memoir of Exile and Apartheid South End Press, 2008

Frank Wilderson, III, Red, White & Black: Cinema and the Structure of U.S. Antagonisms Duke U. Press, 2010

 

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Frank Wilderson, III, believes that all Blacks are slaves, by which he means that every Black person is socially dead and continuously vulnerable to gratuitous (as opposed to reasoned) violence. Wilderson puts all non-Blacks into the category of the "master," whose sense of human integrity and coherence is maintained precisely by the denigration and physical domination of Blacks.

Mon 2.23.15 | Richard Pryor

Scott Saul, Becoming Richard Pryor Harper, 2014

 

 

 

 

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Iconoclastic comedian, talented actor, and gifted writer -- Richard Pryor pushed the boundaries of popular culture at a pivotal moment, laying bare uncomfortable truths about race and injustice in America. Scott Saul reflects on the comedian's formative years in a segregated country and the fluorescence of his art during a time of urban unrest, Black Power, and the counterculture of the 1960s and 70s.

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