Evanston Northwestern Humanities Lecture Series
The Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities and the Evanston Public Library cosponsor an ongoing lecture series that allows for members of the Northwestern University humanities faculty to share their research with members of the Evanston community.
In the upcoming year, the Evanston Public Library will honor African American contributions to the American landscape, by including at least one African American themed activity each of the OTHER months of 2013. The Humanities Institute is proud to participate in this endeavor by programming our joint collaboration to include three prominent guest speakers who will explore African American themes.
MICHELLE WRIGHT, Associate Professor (African American Studies)
Topic: Blackness When You Least Expect It: Understanding Racial Diversity in the 21st Century
Tuesday, October 8,2013
What does it mean to be "Black"? If Blackness has no biological basis (there is no such thing as a Black gene, Black DNA nor, despite the claims of pharmaceutical companies, do all Black people possess a distinct biology that makes them more or less vulnerable to certain conditions than other racial groups), what do we mean when we claim it for ourselves or for others? In this lecture, Dr. Michelle M. Wright discusses the odd yet obvious role time and space play in our assumptions about and engagements with racial identities, especially Blackness. Learn how Sir Isaac Newton and an early Black African Christian theologian still guide and structure so much of our understanding of race in the 21st century --and how discoveries in theoretical particle (aka "quantum") physics point to a far more complex notion of time, space and identity...one with which we are not actually unfamiliar!
HUEY COPELAND, Associate Professor (Art History)
Topic: "In the Arms of the Negress"
Thursday, March 13, 2014
In this lecture, art historian Huey Copeland examines the negress—a key figure within Western artistic production—in order to newly interpret the practices that have both shaped the visual predication of black femininity and constituted modern aesthetic form from the nineteenth century to the present. While several scholars have commented on the significance of racial and sexual difference for avant-garde innovation and others have begun to explore the visual history of black womanhood, Copeland moves between and beyond these discourses to actively theorize the role that figurations of African and African diasporic femininity have played in art-making of the last two centuries. In so doing, he wends his way through a range of periods and practitioners in narrating a racially integrated, gender-balanced, and transnational history of modern art and contemporary art.
DARLENE CLARK HINE, Professor (African American Studies; History)
Thursday, April 24, 2014
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All events are held in the Community Meeting Room, Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Avenue, Evanston, IL.
These events are free and open to the public.
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Upcoming Institute Events
Chris Abani Reading and Book Signing for his new fiction novel "The Secret History of Las Vegas"
February 12, 2014 • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
DIALOGUE: "Knowing in the Age of the Virtual University" with Profs. Vinay Lal and Michael Lynch
February 18, 2014 • 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM