Center for Literary and Comparative Studies Sponsors New Year-long Series on Antiracism
July 10, 2020 English
The Center for Literary and Comparative Studies, the dynamic venue for critical and creative work at the University of Maryland, has launched its next year-long event series titled, "Antiracism: Research • Teaching • Public Engagement."
Drawing upon the flexibility of the virtual environment—all of The Center's programming in AY 20-21 will be virtual—the events will be committed to supporting the work of emerging, early-, and mid-career scholars and teachers, with a particular emphasis on welcoming BIPOC and BAME scholars and teachers in the US and abroad.
The Center envisions that these events will draw audiences from the University of Maryland and beyond with the intention to contribute to the development of antiracist scholarship and pedagogy, and to offer public engagement with our various communities beyond campus in the service of promoting antiracism in all its forms.
"With this series of events, we are honored to bring our departmental, campus, and wider communities in the US and abroad together to practice the vital, long-term work of antiracist research, teaching, and practice," says Tita Chico, the new Co-Director of the Center for Literary and Comparative Studies. "The Center will draw upon the strengths and interventions that our various fields within English offer, foregrounding how our scholarship and teaching model new, and more just, possibilities for all of us. In so doing, we hope to foster conversations about antiracism not merely as an add-on, but as a fundamental intellectual and civic principle."
"Victor LaValle & Kian Kelley-Chung (UMD BA '19): A Conversation"
Author Victor LaValle discusses storytelling with UMD alum Kian Kelley-Chung.
"Race Beyond Representation"
Professor Christine Goding-Doty (Hobart and William Smith Colleges) with Professor Ting-Hui Hu (University of Michigan).
“Fictions of Black Childhood”
Dr. Nicole King (Goldsmiths, University of London) in conversation with Professor Kandice Chuh (CUNY/The Graduate Center).
“Why Black Lives Matter in the Humanities”
Professor Felice Blake (University of California, Santa Barbara) to discuss her essays with Professor Alison Reed (Old Dominion University)
African American Language, Black Women, & the Teaching of Writing
Dr. Brittany Hull (Indiana University of Pennsylvania) in conversation with Professor Temptaous Mckoy (Assistant Professor; Bowie State University) about Hull’s scholarship on the use of African American Language by Black women who are teaching writing.
Roundtable: Centering Black Stories in Archives
Examining the experiences of Black people, their literature, and the many other methods of cultural expression, archivists and scholars are exploring new techniques to collect, document, and understand their stories.
BookLab hosts book artist and printer Tia Blassingame (Scripps College and Primrose Press), who will lead a conversation on “Antiracist Bookwork.”
"Invisible Bondage: The Other Side of Working on Shakespeare and Race in the Age of Covid-19"
Professor David Sterling Brown (Assistant Professor; Binghamton University, SUNY) in conversation with Professor Arthur Little (Associate Professor; UCLA).