CARGC Book Talk with Gaye Theresa Johnson and Alex Lubin

Futures of Black Radicalism
19 Feb 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Annenberg School for Communication, Room 500

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Editors Gaye Theresa Johnson and Alex Lubin discuss Futures of Black Radicalism.

With racial justice struggles on the rise, a probing collection considers the past and future of Black radicalism. Black rebellion has returned. Dramatic protests have risen up in scores of cities and campuses; there is renewed engagement with the history of Black radical movements and thought. Here, key intellectuals—inspired by the new movements and by the seminal work of the scholar Cedric J. Robinson—recall the powerful tradition of Black radicalism while defining new directions for the activists and thinkers it inspires.

In a time when activists in Ferguson, Palestine, Baltimore, and Hong Kong immediately connect across vast distances, this book makes clear that new Black radical politics is thoroughly internationalist and redraws the links between Black resistance and anti-capitalism. Featuring the key voices in this new intellectual wave, this collection outlines one of the most vibrant areas of thought today. With contributions from Greg Burris, Jordan T. Camp, Angela Davis, Ruth Wilson Gilmore, Avery F. Gordon, Stefano Harney, Christina Heatherton, Robin D.G. Kelley, George Lipsitz, Fred Moten, Paul Ortiz, Steven Osuna, Kwame M. Phillips, Shana L. Redmond, Cedric J. Robinson, Elizabeth P. Robinson, Nikhil Pal Singh, Damien M. Sojoyner, Darryl C. Thomas, and Françoise Vergès.

Speaker bios:

Gaye Theresa Johnson is a Professor of African American Studies and Chicana and Chicano Studies at the University of California at Los Angeles. She writes and teaches about race and racism, cultural politics, and freedom struggles. Her first book, entitled Spaces of Conflict, Sounds of Solidarity: Music, Race, and Spatial Entitlement in Los Angeles was published with the University of California Press in 2013 and is a history of civil rights and spatial struggles among Black and Brown freedom seekers in LA since the 1940s. She is completing a book under contract with the University of North Carolina Press, titled Let’s Get Free:  Artists on Activism in the 21st Century.  Johnson is President of the Board of the Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy (CAUSE).

Alex Lubin is Professor of American Studies at the University of New Mexico.  From 2011-2014 he served as the Director of the Center for American Studies and Research (CASAR) at the American University of Beirut (AUB). Lubin's scholarship engages global histories of race, the African Diaspora, and transnational American Studies of North Africa and the Middle East. He is the author of Geographies of Liberation: The Making of an Afro-Arab Political Imaginary (UNC, 2014) and Romance and Rights: The Politics of Interracial Intimacy, 1945-1954. He is the editor of Revising the Blueprint: Ann Petry and the Literary Left; Settler Colonialism: A South Atlantic Quarterly Special issue (with Alyosha Goldstein); American Studies Encounters the Middle East (with Marwan Kraidy); and Futures of Black Radicalism (with Gaye Theresa Johnson). Lubin is currently writing a book for UC Press on the US War on Terror and a book on Afro-Arab Jazz collaborations in North Africa.

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.

Books will be available to purchase at the event, courtesy of the Penn Book Center.

Lunch begins at 11:45. Space is limited, RSVP to

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