I’m knee-deep into the Knight Fellowship (more on that in October) so I’ve been scarce…
Keynote: Digital Empowerment for the Real World: Using Social Media, Creating Social Change Speaker: Latoya…
Tuesday, February 28th
Lecture: “Change Activists: Women/Civil Rights”
I’m still actually tweaking this lecture, so the title will change before I present it next week, but I am the closing speaker for Black History Month, and the opening speaker for Women’s History Month. The themes they asked me to intertwine are Black Women in American History and Culture and Women Enacting Change, so I’m doing “The Rebellious Women’s Guide to American History” which I think covers all the bases. It also allows me to explore some of the hidden stories behind events, so I want to look at things like the Zora Neale Hurston being initially outside of the canon of Harlem Renaissance, Ella Bakers strong challenges civil rights leaders over sexism and other topics, Flo Kennedy and Shirley Chislom’s race-gender tightrope, and why no one knows Yuri Kochiyama was with Malcolm X when he was murdered.
Location: U Mass Dartmouth, Rhode Island
18 Johnny Cake Hill
New Bedford, MA 02740
Since this is a conversation, I’m not sure what exactly is going to be said, but here’s the description the Asian American Writers Workshop sent over to me:
Provocative in theme and format (we want to avoid the traditional academic panel), this five-part event series is scheduled to take place in late February and March 2012 with topics ranging from “the L.A. Uprising” to “White Identity” to “Race and Comedy.” The events will be historically situated, feature smart guests revisiting period-specific events through multimedia presentations, and bring together a diverse line-up of thinkers, artists, musicians, and writers. […]
I do hope you might be interested and available to participate in the series by appearing at an event entitled “What do we talk about when we talk about race?” which will open with 2-3 minute reflections/exhibit of cultural artifacts of the post-1989 era, including segments on “ebonics”, “political correctness,” and David Horowitz’s “Ten Reasons Why Reparations is a Bad Idea and Racist Too.” This will be followed by a panel on the new frontier of the language of race and multiculturalism and how new technologies (like the Internet) has changed/not changed the conversation.
TBD, but I believe its the PowerHouse Arena in DUMBO (Brooklyn, New York).
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