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Where Slaves Became Queens

16 Joseph Henry House

Bayard Rustin, Frances Thompson and William Dorsey Swann have been largely erased from U.S. history, but they and other Black queer leaders played central roles in movements like emancipation, civil rights, and LGBTQ+ pride. Journalist and queer culture historian Channing Joseph will discuss their little-known stories, connecting the origins of drag in the 1880s to […]

Mellon Forum // Stigma, public space, and the symbolic value of race in Cartagena, Colombia

School of Architecture

Institutions rely not only on seemingly valorizing culture- and ethnicity-led development strategies, but ones simultaneously rooted in reifying and damaging narratives and visual depictions of racialized groups and geographies. Drawing from ethnographic fieldwork, content analysis, and iconography, Valle examines how social actors in the rapidly changing urban locale of Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, evaluate, shift, […]

Douglass Day Transcribe-a-Thon

Firestone Library, Classroom A-6F

Douglass Day is an annual program that marks the birth of Frederick Douglass and strives to create new & freely available resources for learning about Black history during a "Transcribe-a-thon" - a crowdsourced transcription event. This year, we will focus on the papers of Mary Ann Shadd Cary, one of the earliest Black women to […]

Translators in/and the Academy

A71 Louis A. Simpson Building

To what extent have translators of Latin American and Iberian literatures circulated within the academy? How do translator’s academic practices shape their literary approach, and vice versa? Can the university be both a productive and disruptive space for translation? In this roundtable, we’ll hear from three award-winning translators about how their identities as writers, researchers […]

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