Previous Work

Fall 2021 

9/22/21: Franke Lecture: Khalil Muhammad, “The Origins and Durability of Anti-Black Criminalization in the United States

This lecture historicizes the use of racial crime statistics as a technology of social difference to justify new white supremacist ideas as well as innovative forms of state violence, segregation, and discrimination after the end of chattel slavery when African Americans gained their citizenship and civil rights. In the context of nineteenth-century eugenics, crime statistics in Europe and the US were not new in this way. And yet, the shifting economic and political priorities of US elites with respect to European and Asian immigrants as well as African Americans led to a more salient and durable form of anti-Black racial criminalization in the twentieth-century United States.

9/23/21: Finzi-Contini Lecture: Namwali Serpell, “Race Off: The Fantasy of Race Transformation”

“Race Off” tracks the persistent fantasy of race transformation—specifically, of “switching” from black to white or vice versa—in American fiction, journalism, and film from the nineteenth century to the present. Serpell will discuss the aesthetic, affective, and political implications of this fantasy; its resonance with and distinction from “passing” narratives; and how it tends toward different underlying ideas and tones depending on whether the author is black or white.

9/30/21: The Caribbean Studies Working at Yale & Race, Gender, And Sexuality Studies Colloquium in Yale English: Kaiama Glover, “A Regarded Self: Caribbean Womanhood and the Ethics of Disorderly Being” 

Professor Kaiama Glover is Ann Whitney Olin Professor of French & Africana Studies and Faculty Director of the Barnard Digital Humanities Center. Her teaching and research interests include francophone literature, particularly that of Haiti and the French Antilles; colonialism and postcolonialism; and sub-Saharan francophone African cinema. She will be speaking to us about her incredible new book, A Regarded Self: Caribbean Womanhood and the Ethics of Disorderly Being. 

6:00-8:00pm via Zoom

Spring 2021 

2/24/21: Engaging Racial Justice in Our Classrooms

Abolitionist Pedagogies: guest speakers Zelda Roland and James Jeter, Yale Prison Education Initiative; Daniel Karpowicz, College in Prison: Reading in an Age of Mass Incarceration (selections)

3/17/21: Engaging Racial Justice in Our Classrooms

Disability, Race, and Pedagogy: Theri Alice Pickens, Blue Blackness, Black Blueness: Making Sense of Blackness and Disability; Jan Doolittle Wilson, Reimagining Disability and Inclusive Education through Universal Design for Learning; Mel Y. Chen, Brain Fog: The Race for Cripistemology

4/8/21: Engaging Racial Justice in Our Classrooms

Race, Pedagogy, and Disciplinarity: Crenshaw, Lipsitz, Hosang, Harris (eds.), Seeing Race Again: Countering Colorblindness Across the Disciplines (selected essays); Blake, Ioanide, Reed (eds.), Anti-Racism, Inc.: Why the Way We Talk About Racial Justice Matters (selected essays)

4/29/21: Engaging Racial Justice in Our Classrooms

Conclusions, Provocations, Continuities: readings TBD

Fall 2020 

9/16/20: Engaging Racial Justice in Our Classrooms

Planning Meeting

10/1/20: Initiative on Literature and Racial Justice

Francis Conversations with Writers: A public conversation with Albert Woodfox, the author of Solitary

10/8/20: Engaging Racial Justice in Our Classrooms

Racial Justice in the Classroom: Harbin, Thurber, and Bandy, “Teaching Race, Racism, and Racial Justice”; Lauren Michele Jackson, “What is an Anti-racist Reading List For?”; Melissa Phruksachart, “The Literature of White Liberalism”; Responses to Albert Woodfox lecture

10/22/20: Engaging Racial Justice in Our Classrooms

Race, Inequality, and the University: Daniel HoSang and Joseph Lowndes, “Theorizing Race in the Age of Inequality”; Laura Smith and Susan Kashubeck-West, Gregory Payton, Eve Adams. 2017. “White Professors Teaching About Racism: Challenges and Rewards” The Counseling Psychologist 45(5): 651-668.; Sue, D. W., Lin, A. I., Torino, G. C., Capodilupo, C. M., & Rivera, D. P. (2009). Racial microaggressions and difficult dialogues on race in the classroom. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 15(2), 183–190.

11/19/20: Engaging Racial Justice in Our Classrooms

Black Feminist Pedagogies: Alexis Pauline Gumbs, “Nobody Mean More: Black Feminist Pedagogy and Solidarity”; Jacqui Alexander, Pedagogies of Crossing (selections); Leibowitz, B., Bozalek, V., Rohleder, P., Carolissen, R., & Swartz, L. (2010). ” ‘Ah, but the Whiteys Love to Talk about themselves’: Discomfort as a Pedagogy for Change.” Race Ethnicity and Education, 13(1), 83-100.

12/3/20: Engaging Racial Justice in Our Classrooms

Poetics, Pedagogy, and Race: Claudia Rankine, Just Us; other readings TBD