Department of English

Challenging Anti-Blackness in Literary Studies

DEI series poster
The Brandeis English Department, with the support of the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Mandel Center for the Humanities, will present a yearlong speaker series called "Challenging Anti-Blackness in Literary Studies." The goal of the series is to understand how race and anti-Blackness have structured the field of literary studies across a range of subfields, with an eye towards reshaping the department curriculum to attend more directly to these histories.
Sophia Hsu

White Orientations in Late Victorian Slum Fiction
Professor Sophia Hsu, Lehman College (CUNY)

Friday, Feb. 3, 2023
2-3:30 p.m.

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Cassander Smith

Teaching to Learn: The Stakes of Anti-Racist Pedagogy for Literary Studies
Professor Cassander Smith, University of Alabama

Friday, March 3, 2023
2-3:30 p.m.

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Kyle Grady

"Better to the Commonwealth:" Merchant, Mixedness and Demographic Revision
Professor Kyle Grady, University of California, Irvine

Friday, March 24, 2023
2-3:30 p.m.

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Manu Chander

Medii Homines: Toward a Critical Ontology of Brownness
Professor Manu Chander, Rutgers University

Friday, April 28, 2023
2-3:30 p.m.

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Teaching Baldwin Teaching
Professor William Maxwell, Washington University

Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022
10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.


Race and Revision: Editing Othello 
Professor Patricia Akhimie, Rutgers University

Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022
9:30-11 a.m.


Hurston’s Secret Laughter: Contributions to African American Thought
Professor Lindsey Stewart, University of Memphis

Friday, Sept. 30, 2022
2-3:30 p.m.


Everyman and Everybody: The Problem of Black Matter
Professor Matthew Vernon, UC Davis

Friday, Sept. 16, 2022
2-3:30 p.m.