In honor of Black History Month, the U-M Latina/o Studies Program is presenting Marta Moreno-Vega who will speak on Afrolatinidades: the intersection of Black and Latina/o identities, and the experience of Latinas/os of African descent in Latin America and the United States.
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The Author's Forum presents Arabs and Muslims in the Media: Race and Representation after 9/11 and Arab America: Gender, Cultural Politics, and Activism. U-M Professors Nadine Naber and Evelyn Alsultany discuss their recent work and the intersections between their two projects, which explore representations of Arab Americans and the complexities of contemporary Arab American activism, respectively.
The Author's Forum Presents "Heritage, Culture and Politics in the Postcolony: A Conversation with Daniel Herwitz and Adam Ashforth," with U-M Professors Ashforth and Herwitz discussing Herwitz's new book.
Finn Brunton, Assistant Professor at the School of Information Professor Brunton engages in a wide range of inquiry that includes: the digital humanities, the history of technology, STS, "dead media", Internet culture, and network politics. Professor Brunton responds to a series of prepared questions related to his research process(es), followed by Q & A from the audience.
The Author's Forum presents "The Selvage: A Conversation with Linda Gregerson and Daniel Herwitz," where U-M Professors Gregerson and Herwitz discuss Gregerson's new collection of poetry. In eloquent poems about Ariadne, Theseus, and Dido, the death of a father, a bombing raid in Lebanon, and in a magnificent series detailing Masaccio’s Brancacci frescoes, The Selvage deftly traces the “line between” the “wonder and woe” of human experience.
Presentation by Rolando Estévez, principal designer and founder of Ediciones Vigía, a producer of handmade books in Mantanzas, Cuba, with an accompanying exhibit. Estévez’s Ediciones Vigía books are collected privately and are held by cultural institutions in Europe and the US, such as the British National Library and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The U-M Library holds a major collection of these extraordinary books.
This lecture by David Valentine of the University of Minnesota marks the 40th anniversary of the publication of Esther Newton's Mother Camp, a singular milestone—as David Halperin has said, "Mother Camp was the first major book in queer studies." Valentine speaks to assumptions about gender and sexuality that reinforce racial and class hierarchies and that, ironically, negatively impact the most vulnerable transgender-identified people—young, poor people of color.
Christi Merrill, co-director of the UM LSA Translation Theme Semester, moderates a panel discussion featuring Françoise Massardier-Kenney, co-author of Translating Slavery and professor of French at Kent State University; Martha S. Jones, associate professor of history and co-director of the Michigan Law Program in Race, Law & History; and Jean M. Hébrard, visiting professor and co-director of the Law in Slavery and Freedom Project at UM. The panelists cover issues related to translation in the contexts of slavery and emancipation.