The Hunter College/AFPRL BRESI project "Black and Latinx Practices of Freedom: Archives, Methods, and Pedagogies" is comprised of a series of lectures and workshops that center the importance of archives, methods, and pedagogies to the foundation and continuities of Black, race, and ethnic studies knowledge projects.
Each of the project's three pillars showcase the significant intellectual and scholarly work of invited speakers who engage with Hunter/CUNY faculty, students, and staff at a midday workshop, and at an afternoon plenary lecture, that focuses on one of the project's three pillars from the vantage point of the speaker's inter- and trans-disciplinary formation.
All events are open to the Hunter College community (workshops require registration due to interactive the nature of the programs). Contact the PI for the project, Prof. Lázaro Lima, for additional information (email@example.com).
Tuesday, February 21, 2023
Soyica Colbert. Soyica Diggs Colbert is the Idol Family Professor of African American Studies and Performing Arts at Georgetown University. Colbert’s most recent book, Radical Vision,a “loving, lavishly detailed” (New York Times) and captivating portrait of Lorraine Hansberry’s life, art, and political activism—one of O Magazine's best books of April 2021 is also described as "A devoted and deeply felt account of the development of an artist’s mind," according to Dave Itzkoff, New York Times Book Review. In this acclaimed biography of Lorraine Hansberry, Colbert narrates a life at the intersection of art and politics, arguing that for Hansberry the theater operated as a rehearsal room for her political and intellectual work. She has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support a residency at the Schomburg Center, Woodrow Wilson Foundation, Stanford University, Mellon Foundation, and the Robert W. Woodruff Library at Emory University.
Prof. Sandy Alexandre (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). Sandy Alexandre is associate professor of American literature at MIT. Dr. Alexandre writes on black American material culture—particularly literature and photographs—examining how histories of black displacement, invisibility and vulnerability haunt and energize the ways black lives matter now. She is the author of Properties of Violence: Claims to Ownership in Representations of Lynching (2012), and the forthcoming Thinghood, Ethics, and Black Material Culture: Up From Chattels (2022). This year Prof. Alexandre served as the dramaturg for Awoye Timpo’s stage production of Toni Morrison’s novel The Bluest Eye (1970). The digital program for the the production is viewable here.
Prof. Israel Reyes. Israel Reyes is a Professor and current Chair of Spanish and Portuguese at Dartmouth College, the former Chair of the Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies Program, and holds an Adjunct Appointment with the Comparative Literature Program. He also serves as the Director of Fellowships in the Office of the Provost and organizes mentoring and professional development for a cohort of pre- and postdoctoral fellows. Professor Reyes teaches and conducts research on Latin American, Puerto Rican, and US Latinx literature and culture. His publications include his two books, Humor and the Eccentric Text in Puerto Rican Literature (2005) and Embodied Economies: Diaspora and Transcultural Capital in Latinx Caribbean Fiction and Theater (2022). He has published scholarly articles on Judith Ortiz Cofer, Lalo Alcaraz, Nemesio Canales, Cristina García, Ana Lydia Vega, and Manuel Ramos Otero. He is currently working on a book project on Puerto Rican visual and performance cultures on Chicago's Paseo Boricua.
Book Discussion: Author Milagros Denis-Rosario (Hunter College, CUNY) in conversation with Lázaro Lima (Hunter College,CUNY) on the occasion of the publication of Drops of Inclusivity (SUNY 2022).
Prof. Denis-Rosario is an associate professor of history in the Department of Africana, Puerto Rican and Latino Studies at Hunter College, CUNY. She earned her doctorate in Latin America and Caribbean history from Howard University and her master’s in Africana studies from Cornell University. She has been published in the Journal of Pan-African Studies, The Delaware Review of Latin American Studies, Centro Journal, journal Memorias and Latino Studies. Her book, Drops of Inclusivity: Racial Formation and Meanings in Puerto Rican Society, 1898-1960, was published this year.