The Uses of Black Political Thought

featuring panelists

NICK BROMELL
EUGENE RIVERS,
& BRANDON M. TERRY

discussing

The Time is Always Now:
Black Thought and the Transformation of US Democracy

Co-sponsored by the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research and Boston Review

This event includes a book signing

Date

Feb
27
Thursday
February 27, 2014
8:00 PM

Location

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets

This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store is pleased to welcome NICK BROMELL, EUGENE RIVERS, and BRANDON M. TERRY for a discussion of Bromell's book The Time is Always Now: Black Thought and the Transformation of US Democracy. 

"Why," asks Nick Bromell, "should the political thought of white Americans remain the only theory to which Americans of all ethnicities turn when constructing and reconstructing their understanding of democracy? Must Americans remain locked in an apartheid of experience and perception even after whites have become a minority population in this nation? Hasn't the 2012 presidential election made clear that the time has come to build not just on the votes of citizens of color, but on the varieties of democratic thought their experience has engendered?"

In his answers to these questions, Bromell brings to light an underappreciated stream of democratic reflection by black writers and activists from David Walker to Malcolm X. Bromell argues that these thinkers urge Americans to fundamentally re-imagine the nature of their democracy and recognize that indignation can be a powerful and productive democratic emotion; that dignity is just as important to democracy as equality and liberty; that national citizenship can be infused with a sense of responsibility to the world; and that faith can actually promote rather than threaten democratic pluralism. 

A literary critic and intellectual historian, Bromell draws on a wide range of fiction, essays, speeches, and oral histories, deftly synthesizing recent work in U.S. history, literary and cultural studies, and political theory. Like the figures he discusses, he puts this thought to work in the present moment, this "now." Black democratic insights, he shows, are strikingly relevant to the challenges facing US democracy today, and they provide the basis for a new, post-liberal public philosophy with which to turn back the rise of radical conservatism.

Brandon M. Terry
Brandon M. Terry

Brandon M. Terry

Brandon M. Terry is Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies and Social Studies at Harvard University. He has written or provided commentary for NPR, WGBH, The Huffington Post, The Baltimore Sun, The Point, The Nation, Time, MTV News, Boston Review, and more.

Eugene Rivers
Eugene Rivers

Eugene Rivers

The Reverend Eugene F. Rivers III is a widely published writer, diligent community activist, and renowned worldwide speaker. As an activist for over 35 years, The Reverend Rivers has worked on community development, faith-based initiatives, and domestic and foreign policy issues. He also advised both Bush Administrations and the Clinton Administration on their faith-based initiatives and in the foreign policy arena regarding the AIDS crisis in Africa. As a highly sought-after speaker, he has provided commentary for ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS and Fox Television.

Nick Bromell
Nick Bromell

Nick Bromell

Nick Bromell is the author of By the Sweat of the Brow: Labor and Literature in Antebellum American Culture and Tomorrow Never Knows: Rock and Psychedelics in the Sixties, both published by the University of Chicago Press. His articles and essays on African-American literature and political thought have appeared in American Literature, American Literary History, Political Theory, Raritan, and The Sewanee Review. He teaches at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and he blogs at thetimeisalwaysnow.org.

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