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Antiracism: Communities + Collaborations

CLCS 2021-2022

Antiracism: Communities + Collaborations allows the Center for Literary & Comparative Studies to carry our collective work from 2020-21 forward as we return to campus. Following the Mellon Foundation’s new emphasis on building “just communities,” “Antiracism: Communities + Collaborations” features scholarship, teaching, and public engagement to reimagine boundaries, model antiracist literary and rhetorical inquiry, and foster collaborative relations across and beyond campus.
Antiracism: Communities + Collaborations builds on the Center for Literary and Comparative Studies’ 2020-2021 series, Antiracism: Research • Teaching • Public Engagement, which featured 66 speakers and 22 events, and registered over 3,000 people from 13 countries (with an archive of 19 videos and essays drawn from the series published in the Los Angeles Review of Books and forthcoming in Public Books and The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation), the CLCS Steering Committee will sponsor a second year of antiracist programming in 2021-2022.

Racial Trauma in the Classroom

Featuring Dr. Anneliese Singh, Associate Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity/Chief Diversity Officer at Tulane University and Dr. Koritha Mitchell, Professor of English (UMD PhD, 2005) at Ohio State University. Moderated by Dr. Carlton E. Green, Director of Diversity Training & Education at the University of Maryland.

September 9, 2021

Honorée Fanonne Jeffers

Honorée Fanonne Jeffers, author of The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois (Harper, 2021) and The Age of Phillis (Wesleyan University Press, 2020) in conversation with Kerry Sinanan, Assistant Professor of English, University of Texas-San Antonio.

September 20, 2021

Eighteenth-Century Intertexts in Marlon James’ Fiction and Antiracist pedagogy

Cassander Smith (U of Alabama), Sheri-Marie Harrison (U of Missouri), Rebecca Barr (Jesus College, Cambridge), and Kerry Sinanan (University of Texas at San Antonio) will offer a roundtable discussion on Marlon James’ *The Book of Night Women*

October 5, 2021

Documentary Screening and Discussion of "Singing Our Way to Freedom"

Featuring Paul Espinoa (filmmaker), Sharada Balachandran (University of Maryland), and Manuel Cuellar (George Washington University).

October 19, 2021

Rupturing Antiblackness in English Education

Featuring panelists Justin Coles; Stephanie Toliver; Stephanie Jones; Jennifer Turner; Autumn Griffin and moderated by Rossina Zamora Liu.

October 22, 2021

Haunted: The Black Body as Ancestor and Spectre

Featuring Professor Bridget R. Cooks (University of California, Irvine) and co-sponsored by The Phillips Collection.

November 17, 2021

Booksellers and Community Activism

Featuring Ramunda Lark Young (Mahogany Books) and Angela Maria Spring (Duende District).

December 1, 2021