Randall Kennedy & Touré

discuss

The Persistence of the Color Line:
Racial Politics and the Obama Presidency

and

Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness?
What It Means to Be Black Now

in conversation with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT.

Date

Sep
29
Thursday
September 29, 2011
6:00 PM

Location

Brattle Theatre
40 Brattle St., Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets

$5.00 - On Sale Now

Harvard Book Store the W.E.B Du Bois Institute are excited to host law scholar RANDALL KENNEDY and cultural critic TOURÉ for a conversation about racial politics in the "age of Obama." The discussion will be moderated by Du Bois Institute director HENRY LOUIS GATES, JR, author of the new book Black in Latin America.

In The Persistence of the Color Line, Randall Kennedy tackles such hot-button issues as the nature of racial opposition to Obama, whether Obama has a singular responsibility to African Americans, electoral politics and cultural chauvinism, black patriotism, the differences in Obama’s presentation of himself to blacks and to whites, the challenges posed by the dream of a postracial society, and the far-from-simple symbolism of Obama as a leader of the Joshua generation in a country that has elected only three black senators and two black governors in its entire history.

And in Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness?, Touré begins by examining the concept of "Post-Blackness," a term that defines artists who are proud to be Black but don't want to be limited by identity politics and boxed in by race. He soon discovers that the desire to be rooted in but not constrained by Blackness is everywhere. He argues that Blackness is infinite, that any identity imaginable is Black, and that all expressions of Blackness are legitimate.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr., is Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and founding Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University. An Emmy Award–winning filmmaker, literary scholar, journalist, cultural critic, and institution builder, Professor Gates has authored or co-authored twenty-four books and created twenty documentary films, including Finding Your Roots and Reconstruction: America after the Civil War. His six-part PBS documentary, The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross, earned an Emmy Award for Outstanding Historical Program-Long Form.

Photo credit: Peter Simon

Randall Kennedy
Randall Kennedy

Randall Kennedy

Randall Kennedy is the Michael R. Klein Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. He received his undergraduate degree from Princeton and his law degree from Yale. He attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar and is a former clerk to Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. He is the author of Race, Crime, and the Law, a winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award; Interracial Intimacies: Sex, Marriage, Identity, and Adoption; Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word; Sellout: The Politics of Racial Betrayal; The Persistence of the Color Line: Racial Politics and the Obama Presidency; and For Discrimination: Race, Affirmative Action, and the Law.

Photo credit: Martha Stewart

Touré
Touré

Touré

Touré is the author of the novel Soul City, the story collection The Portable Promised Land, and the essay collection Never Drank the Kool Aid. A contributing editor at Rolling Stone, his writing has also appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Tennis Magazine, The Best American Essays, and Da Capo Best American Music Writing, among other publications. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT. Tickets purchased online can be picked up at the Brattle Theatre when doors open, around 5:30pm on Thursday, September 29.

Brattle Theatre
40 Brattle St., Cambridge, MA 02138

Walking from the Harvard Square T station: 10 minutes

As you exit the station, cross Mass. Ave. and proceed along Brattle St. Follow Brattle St. as it curves to the right in Brattle Square (follow the sidewalk on the right side of the street). The Brattle will be on the left-hand side of the street. The building is shared with Algiers Cafe and Alden & Harlow Restaurant, and the theatre entrance is on the left side of the building—look for the sidewalk poster case and marquee.

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