*CANCELLED* The Jordan Lecture: Saidiya Hartman
Saidiya Hartman is a scholar of African American literature and cultural history whose works explore the afterlife of slavery in modern American society and bear witness to lives, traumas, and fleeting moments of beauty that historical archives have omitted or obscured. She weaves findings from her meticulous historical research into narratives that retrieve from oblivion stories of nameless and sparsely documented historical actors, such as female captives on slave ships and the inhabitants of slums at the turn of the twentieth century.
Hartman’s most recent book, Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments (2019), is similarly inventive in its mode of presentation and immerses readers in the interior lives of young black women who fled the South and moved to Northern cities in the early twentieth century. While drawing from sociological surveys, tenement photographs, reformatory case files, and other sources, she critiques the pathologizing portrayals these official documents present and recovers stories of resistance enacted by famous women (such as Ida B. Wells) and numerous anonymous others who looked outside the bounds of the law to find kinship, intimacy, and freedom. By addressing gaps and omissions in accounts of trans-Atlantic slavery and its aftermath, Hartman has influenced an entire generation of scholars and afforded readers a proximity to the past that would otherwise be foreclosed.
Dec 3, 4–5:15 PMTransatlantic Pacts: America and the Production of Postwar French Literature
Newhouse Center fellow Sara Kippur (Associate Professor of French, Trinity College) will host a workshop-style presentation on her ongoing research project, a transatlantic literary history of postwar French literature.Event Date:Thursday, December 3, 2020 -4:00pm to 5:15pm
Nov 11, 2:30–3:45 PMRemembering the Battle of Greasy Grass, aka The Battle of Little Bighorn
Newhouse Center fellow and WGST professor Elena Creef presents a visual record of a sacred, weeklong Native American Prayer Ride in commemoration of General Custer's defeat at Greasy Grass, aka Little Bighorn, in 1876.Event Date:Wednesday, November 11, 2020 -2:30pm to 3:45pm
Nov 19, 4–5:15 PM
Nov 18, 2:30–3:45 PM