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Princeton University African American Studies Conversation, October 27, 2016

The 16-17 Princeton University African American Studies Conversation Series: A conversation about imagination and Black lives, will be held on Thursday, October 27, 5 PM – 7:30 PM, Carl Fields Center, 58 Prospect Ave, Princeton.

On October 27th, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor (Princeton), Eddie S. Glaude Jr. (Princeton), Marc Lamont Hill (Morehouse) and Imani Perry (Princeton) come together for what is sure to be an impassioned discussion about contemporary black issues, and ways African-American communities might reinvigorate democratic life in post-Obama America with imagination and courage. This conversation will be streamed live on Facebook.

Expect this conversation to explore black politics, state violence/poverty and various social movements. A Q&A will follow the conversation.

Books by all authors will be for sale before and after the event.

Marc Lamont Hill will sign copies of ‘Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond.’

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor will sign copies of ‘From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation.’

The event is free and open to the public.

Racial Literacy series: October 25 film Race: The Power of an Illusion, Part I


Racial literacy is among the 21st century skills that all students and citizens need to live and work successfully in our rapidly diversifying society.

Ruha Benjamin opened the Racial Literacy series on Tuesday, Oct. 18th, 6:30pm, Princeton Public Library, Community Room, to a standing room only audience. Her first topic: “Race Unplugged: Moving Beyond Sound Bites of Pundits, Politicians, and Pop Culture”

Benjamin, an assistant professor in the department of African American Studies at Princeton University, speaks on Tuesday, November 2, on “Reading Reality: Developing Racial Literacy for the 21st Century.”

In between, on Tuesday, October 25, will be the first in a three part screening of an award-winning film at the Garden Theatre, “Race: The Power of an Illusion,” followed by a facilitated audience discussion.

In the five-week program, parents, educators, and students of all ages will have the chance to learn about and contribute to a racial literacy ‘toolbox.’ Details here about the program co-sponsored by the Princeton Public Library, Not in Our Town Princeton, and the Princeton Garden Theatre.

The Racial Literacy series is presented with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities through Princeton Public Library. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this programming do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Walk-a-thon for Refugee Resettlement, Sunday, November 6, 2016


Presbyterian Church apologizes at AFN for boarding school abuses

For the first time, a church organization has apologized to the Alaska Federation of Natives for its treatment of Native people and especially for abuses in boarding schools.

“All the Difference:” Film and Discussion. October 26, 2016

The struggles of young African-American men are examined through the story of two high school students from Chicago’s South Side. The film documents five years of hard work, sacrifice, setbacks and uncertainty as the two young men pursue their goals of graduating high school and college. It is a co-production of American Documentary/POV. 1 hour, 30 minutes.

Begins at 6:30 p.m., Princeton Public Library (Community Room), 65 Witherspoon St, Princeton

Black Teachers Matter

In Mother Jones, “the turnover rate for white teachers has been relatively stable at 15 percent since the 2008-09 academic year. But the departure rate for black teachers has been increasing, from 19 percent in 2008 to 22 percent in 2013—a higher turnover rate than in any other demographic.  The biggest factors teachers of color cite for leaving . . . are micromanagement and lack of autonomy in the classroom.”

Race Matters: Ruha Benjamin

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Thanks to U.S. 1 newspaper for its excellent cover story on Ruha Benjamin’s Racial Literacy series, written by Michele Alperin.

Next in the series is a screening of California Reel’s “Race: The Power of an Illusion” at the Garden Theater. The three-part series includes “The Difference Between Us,” Tuesday, October 25, 6:30 p.m.; “The Story We Tell,” Monday, November 7, 6:30 p.m.; and “The House We Live In,” Tuesday, November 15, 6:30 p.m. 

On Tuesday, November 1, at 6:30 p.m. in Princeton Public Library’s Community Room, Benjamin will look at reality through the lens of race. “When I am talking about reading reality in this series,” she says, “it is about seeing beneath the surface, about narratives we are fed about different people, communities, and neighborhoods. It’s this unveiling; let’s look beyond the stories we are fed.”


Standing room only for Ruha Benjamin’s opening talk for the Racial Literacy series. 


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