Challenging Anti-Blackness in Literary Studies
The Brandeis English Department, with the support of the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Mandel Center for the Humanities, presented a yearlong speaker series called "Challenging Anti-Blackness in Literary Studies." The goal of the series was 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.
"Medii Homines: Toward a Critical Ontology of Brownness"
Professor Manu Chander, Rutgers University
"Better to the Commonwealth:" Merchant, Mixedness and Demographic Revision
Professor Kyle Grady, University of California, Irvine
"Teaching to Learn: The Stakes of Anti-Racist Pedagogy for Literary Studies"
Professor Cassander Smith, University of Alabama
"White Orientations in Late Victorian Slum Fiction"
Professor Sophia Hsu, Lehman College (CUNY)
"Teaching Baldwin Teaching"
Professor William Maxwell, Washington University
"Race and Revision: Editing Othello"
Professor Patricia Akhimie, Rutgers University
"Hurston’s Secret Laughter: Contributions to African American Thought"
Professor Lindsey Stewart, University of Memphis
"Everyman and Everybody: The Problem of Black Matter"
Professor Matthew Vernon, UC Davis