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Antiracism: Research • Teaching • Public Engagement

In 2020-21, the Center for Literary and Comparative Studies sponsored a year-long linked series of events, Antiracism: Research • Teaching • Public Engagement, to support and act upon the statements of solidarity for Black Lives Matter issued by the Department, College, and University.

Events drew upon the flexibility of the virtual environment and supported 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. These events drew audiences from the University of Maryland and beyond.

The series contributed to the development of antiracist scholarship and pedagogy, and offered public engagement with our various communities beyond campus in the service of promoting antiracism in all its forms. Archives exist via #antiracismUMD, the Los Angeles Review of Books series Antiracism in the Contemporary University, and a playlist on our YouTube Channel.

In addition to the Center for Literary & Comparative Studies and the Department of English, the series was co-sponsored by the University Libraries, the Office of Graduate Diversity and Inclusion in The Graduate School. Honors Humanities, BookLab, and the Latin American Studies Center here at UMD and the Santa Clara University Center for the Arts and Humanities  joined the conversation.

Where Do You Know From? Antiracist Pedagogies

Eugenia Zuroski (McMaster University, Canada) and Aisha Wilks (McMaster University) discuss Antiracist pedagogies, beginning with Zuroski’s essay, "'Where Do You Know From?': An Exercise in Placing Ourselves Together in the Classroom."

August 24, 2020

Invisible Bondage: The Other Side of Working on Shakespeare and Race in the Age of Covid-19

David Sterling Brown (Binghamton University, SUNY) in conversation with Arthur Little (UCLA).

September 8, 2020

Roundtable on Indigenous Studies and British Literatures

Roundtable on Indigenous Studies and British Literatures with Dr. Nikki Hessell (Te Herenga Waka [Victoria University of Wellington]) and Dr. Robbie Richardson (Princeton University). Moderated by Dr. Megan Peiser (Oakland University; Tribal Affiliation: Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma).

September 17, 2020

Africana/Black Studies Colloquium Webinar

The Center's Antiracism Series is honored to host the Africana/Black Studies Colloquium's inaugural webinar, "African American Studies Now."

September 30, 2020

Victor LaValle & Kian Kelley-Chung (UMD BA ’19): A Conversation

Author Victor LaValle discusses storytelling with UMD alum Kian Kelley-Chung.

October 8, 2020

Race Beyond Representation

Christine Goding-Doty (Hobart and William Smith Colleges) with Tung-Hui Hu (University of Michigan).

October 12, 2020

Fictions of Black Childhood

Dr. Nicole King (Goldsmiths, University of London) in conversation with Professor Kandice Chuh (CUNY/The Graduate Center).

October 22, 2020


Africana/Black Studies Colloquium: Book Launch

The Center's Antiracism Series is honored to host the Africana/Black Studies Colloquium's inaugural book launch for GerShun Aviliez's Black Queer Freedom.

October 26, 2020

Why Black Lives Matter in the Humanities

Felice Blake (University of California, Santa Barbara) to discuss her essays with Alison Reed (Old Dominion University).

October 28, 2020

African American Language, Black Women, & the Teaching of Writing

Dr. Brittany Hull (Stanford University) in conversation with Dr. Temptaous Mckoy (Bowie State University) about Hull’s scholarship on the use of African American Language by Black women who are teaching writing.

November 11, 2020

Roundtable: Centering Black Stories in Archives

A discussion with Aleia Brown (Assistant Director African American History, Culture and Digital Humanities), Joni Floyd (University of Maryland), Lae’l Hughes-Watkins (University of Maryland), and Zita Nunes (University of Maryland). Introductory remarks will be made by Adriene Lim (University of Maryland).

November 16, 2020

Antiracist Bookwork

Hosted by BookLab, book artist and printer Tia Blassingame (Scripps College and Primrose Press) will be in conversation with Curtis Small, Jr. (University of Delaware).

December 1, 2020

Race in Science and the Humanities

A conversation with Josie Gill (University of Bristol, UK) and Michell Chresfield (University of Birmingham).

January 27, 2021

Black Discourse and Black Rhetorics: A Conversation

Professor David F. Green, Jr. (Howard University) in conversation with Professor Khirsten L. Scott (University of Pittsburgh).

February 3, 2021

Her True-True Name Celebration/ Conference

A conference commemorating the publication of Her True-True Name with women writers from the Anglophone, Hispanophone, and Francophone Caribbean.

February 18, 2021

Resistance in the Materials: A Gathering of Printers Pressing for Change

BookLab and the CLCS Antiracism Series, in conjunction with the Santa Clara University Center for the Arts and Humanities, sponsor a two day event series.

February 25-26, 2021

Student Activism

Featuring Saba Tshibaka of Black Terps Matter and Aniyah Vines, Howard University Class of '22, NAACP President of the Howard U Chapter, and Founder of the Live Movement. Moderated by Professor Christina Hanhardt, Department of American Studies.

March 10, 2021

Little Intimacies: Race and Oceanic Migration in Minority US Fiction

A discussion with Dr. Emily Yoon Perez, UMD PhD 2018; Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of English, University of Maryland.

March 11, 2021

Writers Here & Now with Elissa Washuta

Join us for the Writers Here & Now event with English alum Elissa Washuta, author of two hybrid memoirs, My Body is a Book of Rules and Starvation Mode, and a book of essays, White Magic.

March 24, 2021

Citational Practices and New Directions in the Long Eighteenth Century: A Conversation

Bakary Diaby (Skidmore College) in conversation with Professor Kristina Huang (University of Wisconsin).

March 25, 2021

Intimacies and Disaffection: A Conversation about Antiracism, Politics, and Affect

Dr. Christine "Xine" Yao (University College London) in conversation with Lisa Lowe (Yale University).

April 1, 2021

Andrea Lee, Mary Helen Washington, Shaun Myers: In Conversation

Join a conversation between Andrea Lee, Mary Helen Washington (University of Maryland), and Shaun Myers (University of Pittsburgh).

April 5, 2021


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