Randall Kennedy & Touré
The Persistence of the Color Line:
Racial Politics and the Obama Presidency
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.
September 29, 2011
6:00 PM ET
40 Brattle St., Cambridge, MA 02138
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.
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.
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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