Dear Derek

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Derek Walcott

Dear Derek,

I wish that this title could have been “Hi Derek” since one of my goals was to meet you and tell you that you inspire me. To tell you that last summer I made it my business to educate myself and get acquainted with your work. And I wish I could tell you how I kept renewing “White Egrets” and getting fees charged not because I never finished reading  but because I borrowed it to a friend and didn’t get it back in time. I am being honest Derek.

Growing up I knew your name. I knew that you were one of the greats in the small island of St.Lucia that produced something that is unheard of ! Two Nobel Laureates with such a critical mass of people. Sir Derek Walcott and Sir Arthur Lewis our heroes. I never sought pass this until last year and I am…

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“I Am Not Your Negro” Screening and Discussion, April 3rd, Long Island Museum, 7 pm 


To quote the NY TIMES, the Academy Award-nominated “I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO” is “One of the best movies you are likely to see this year.” Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson using Baldwin’s own words, the film recounts the relationship between Baldwin and three murdered icons of the civil rights era. Co-sponsored by the Africana Studies Department at Stony Brook University. Guest Speakers
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Dr. Zebulon Miletsky, Africana Studies Department & Author and Baldwin confidant, colleague and friend, Prof. Michael Thelwell, Department of African-American Studies, Umass-Amherst (Emeritus)

Co-sponsored by the Africana Studies Department at Stony Brook University 

This week at HISB @ SBU: Daphne A. Brooks & Matthew Frye Jacobson Wednesday, March 22 & Thursday March 23, 2017 at 4:00 pm, 1008 Humanities, #SBU

Wednesday, March 22, 2017, at 4:00pm, 1008 HumanitiesDaphne A. Brooks, Yale University

“The Knowles Sisters’ Political Hour: Black Feminist Dissent in Sound at the end of the Third Reconstruction”


Daphne A. Brooks is Professor of African American Studies and Theater Studies at Yale University. She is the author of Jeff Buckley’s Grace and Bodies in Dissent: Spectacular Performances of Race and Freedom,1850-1910, winner of The Errol Hill Award for Outstanding Scholarship on African American Performance. Brooks is currently working on a new book entitled Subterranean Blues: Black Women Sound Modernity, forthcoming from Harvard University Press.  

— And then on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 4:00 pm, 1008 Humanities —

Matthew Frye Jacobson, Yale University
 “The Historian’s Eye: Meditations on Photography, History, and the American Present”


Based on documentary photography and oral history fieldwork carried out during the Obama years, Jacobson examines the collective response to America’s first black president and traces and historicizes the emergence of what we now know as Trumpism between the crash of 2008 and the election of 2016.  

Matthew Frye Jacobson is William Robertson Coe Professor of American Studies & History and Professor of African American Studies at Yale University. He is currently at work on his sixth book, Odetta’s Voice and other Weapons: The Civil Rights Era as Cultural History, and on several web- and film-based documentary projects.intersections of race, gender, class, and nationalism in the context of sports.

Tomorrow! Afro-Feminist Futures: Wed., March 8, 2017 from 2:00 – 5:00 pm, 1008 Humanities, #SBU 

HISTORIES OF THE FUTUREAfro-Feminist Futures: 

Intersectionality in Question

SYMPOSIUM 

Wed., March 8, 2017 from 2:00 – 5:00 pm, 1008 Humanities


This event brings together experts in the social sciences and humanities to explore the future of intersectionality as well as contemporary research on Black and/or African women and girls in a variety of global contexts. We will address questions such as: How do race, gender and coloniality shape the political organizing, creative expression and self-understandings of Afro-descended women? What can Black Feminisms learn from African Feminisms and vice versa? How does global white supremacy and the rise of white national movements impact Black women’s well-being and belonging?