Conversation about race and society between two distinguished scholars of African American Studies, Britt Rusert, Assistant Professor of Afro-American Studies at UMass Amherst, and Ruha Benjamin, Assistant Professor in the Department African American Studies at Princeton. They will be discussing the influential work of a group of black artists to confront and refute scientific racism.
Far from rejecting science, these figures were careful readers of antebellum science who linked diverse fields—from astronomy to physiology—to both on-the-ground activism and more speculative forms of knowledge creation. Routinely excluded from institutions of scientific learning and training, they transformed cultural spaces like the page, the stage, the parlor, and even the pulpit into laboratories of knowledge and experimentation. ‘Fugitive Science’ makes natural science central to how we understand the origins and development of African American literature and culture.
Labyrinth Books, 122 Nassau Street, Wednesday, May 3, 6-7:30 p.m.
“Dozens of Witherspoon residents . . . tell their stories in I Hear My People Singing: Voices of African American Princeton, an oral history of Princeton’s three-centuries-old black community that Princeton University Press will publish in May.”
Talk in the Department of English “Postwar New York” series will be presented by Imani Perry on Monday, April 24, 2017 at 4:30 p.m., McCosh Hall 40.
On April 29, the Minority Student Achievement Network (MSAN) and PULSE youth organizations of Princeton High School will bring together students, parents, teachers, school staff, community partners and organizations for a day of discussions on current topics impacting our schools and community. In addition to hearing from guest motivational speaker Jonice Arthur, participants will have opportunities to dialogue in small groups, hear from a student-led panel, and enjoy lunch while engaging and encouraging our future leaders.
The event will take place from 9 am to 1 pm at Princeton High School 151 Moore Street Princeton, NJ 08541. RSVP required.