In collaboration with the Presents
In collaboration with the
The Black Studies Project: 50 Years and Counting
THE LIONEL TRILLING SEMINAR LECTURE WITH
DR. HORTENSE SPILLERS
Born in the heat of struggle, the Black Studies movement in the United States looks back now at more than fifty years of curricular development and ahead to a hopeful future at least as long. This year’s Trilling Lecture examines the idea of the moment of Black Studies as protest on the streets of America is transformed, virtually overnight, into a curricular object—still controversial nonetheless—that has altered the face of humanistic study in the United States. The outcome is both a cause worthy of celebration and the occasion for a cautionary tale.
Wednesday, October 6, 2021, 6:15pm
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The Trilling Lecture will be given by Dr. Hortense Spillers. Hortense J. Spillers is the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Chair in English, Emerita, at Vanderbilt University. Since receiving her Ph.D. from Brandeis, she has taught at Wellesley College, Haverford College, Emory, and Cornell Universities. A recipient of numerous honors and awards, among them, grants from the Rockefeller Foundation and the Ford Foundation, she has been a fellow at both the National Humanities Center, Research Triangle, and the Center for the Study of the Behavioral Sciences, Palo Alto. While at Haverford, she was chair of the English Department for two years before moving to Cornell where she joined the Norton projects by serving as one of the period editors of the Norton Anthology of African-American Literature.
Her collection of scholarly essays, Black, White, and In Color: Essays on American Literature and Culture, was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2003. With Marjorie Pryse, she co-edited Conjuring: Black Women, Fiction, and Literary Tradition, published by Indiana University Press; Spillers also edited for the English Institute series a collection of essays entitled Comparative American Identities: Race, Sex, and Nationality in the Modern Text, published by Routledge. Some of her more recent essays have appeared in The New Centennial Review, das argument, and boundary 2. She co-founded with Tamura Lomax The Feminist Wire, an online magazine dedicated to feminist issues and critique. Currently, she is at work on two new projects, the idea of black culture and black women and early state formations.
Rich Blint is assistant professor of Literature in the Department of Literary Studies, director of the Program in Race and Ethnicity, and affiliate faculty in Gender Studies at the Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, The New School. He is co-editor of a special issue of African American Review on James Baldwin, wrote the introduction and notes for the eBook Baldwin for Our Times: Writings from James Baldwin for a Time of Sorrow and Struggle (Beacon Press), and served as Guest Critic for a special issue of The Brooklyn Rail on James Baldwin. Upcoming books include A Radical Interiority: James Baldwin and the Personified Self in Modern American Culture, and A Queer Spirit: Incidents in the Life of the Americas. He is also co-editor of the forthcoming Cambridge volume African American Literature in Transition, 1980-1990, editor of Approaches to Teaching the Works of James Baldwin, currently under preparation for the Modern Language Association, and editor-at-large for the A-Line: a journal of progressive thought.
Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak is University Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University. Her books are Myself Must I Remake (1974), Of Grammatology (1976; translation with critical introduction of Derrida’s De la grammatologie; 2016, new 40th anniversary edition), In Other Worlds (1987), Outside in the Teaching Machine (1993), A Critique of Postcolonial Reason (1999), Other Asias (2003), An Aesthetic Education (2013), and Readings (2014). “Can the Subaltern Speak?” has become a worldwide classic. She has won the Kyoto Prize, the Padma Bhushan, and Chevalier des Arts. She has been elected to the American Association of Arts & Sciences and the British Academy. She holds twelve honorary doctorates. She is an obsessive hands-on activist for holistic humanities education, ecology, feminism.
(Wednesday) 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm
Presents The Harlem Renaissance: Yesterday and Today
The Harlem Renaissance: Yesterday and Today
Survey the the Harlem Renaissance (often called the New Negro Movement) and explore when, where, and how it began. Learn about its main proponents and accomplishments; when it ended and what was next in Black cultural history. To emphasize the point that the Renaissance comprised a tidal shift in Black consciousness, not only in poetry and the visual arts, not only among the elite, not only in Harlem or major cities, not only the United States, we will focus on three figures: Josephine Baker, Jack Johnson, and Duke Ellington. We also will consider three important framings of the Harlem Renaissance by modern/contemporary artists: Toni Morrison, August Wilson, and Isabel Wilkerson. Is the earth-shaking Black Lives Matter movement an extension of the early 20th century Harlem Renaissance?
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ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Robert G. O’Meally (he/his) is the Zora Neale Hurston Professor of English at Columbia University, where he has served on the faculty for thirty years. Director of Columbia’s Center for Jazz Studies, O’Meally is the author of The Craft of Ralph Ellison, Lady Day: The Many Faces of Billie Holiday, The Jazz Singers, and Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey. His edited volumes include The Jazz Cadence of American Culture, Living With Music: Ralph Ellison’s Essays on Jazz, The Norton Anthology of African American Literature, History and Memory in African American Culture, and the Barnes and Noble editions of Mark Twain, Herman Melville, and Frederick Douglass.
For his production of a Smithsonian CD set called The Jazz Singers, he was nominated for a Grammy Award. The curator of exhibitions at Jazz at Lincoln Center (2006-2012), O’Meally also has co-curated exhibitions for the High Museum in Atlanta and for the Smithsonian Institution. He has held Guggenheim and Cullman Fellowships, among others. His new books are The Romare Bearden Reader (edited for Duke University Press, February 2019) and Antagonistic Cooperation: Collage, Jazz, and American Fiction (Columbia University Press, 2021). According to his sons, O’Meally plays the soprano saxophone “for his own amazement.”
CONNECTING WITH ZOOM
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ROARING TWENTIES LECTURE SERIES
with Megan Martinelli
Thursday, October 14: Harlem Renaissance: Yesterday and Today with Robert O’Meally
Thursday, October 21: The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s with Stephen Harrison
Tuesday, October 26: Paris Fashion in the 1920s with Valerie Steele
Explore the Roaring Twenties from the comfort of your home through this livestream lecture series inspired by the exhibition Roaring Twenties: The Life and Style of Marjorie Merriweather Post.
(Thursday) 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The Arts Initiative and Miller Theatre at Columbia University School of the Arts present the tenth year of a beloved tradition that connects community
The Arts Initiative and Miller Theatre
at Columbia University School of the Arts
present the tenth year of a beloved tradition that connects community through art
This year’s theme is inspired by the intersection of Shakespeare and Duke Ellington,
exploring the spirit of play while finding meaning within collective traditions.
Free as always • Virtual this year
Concept and direction by PROCESSIONAL ARTS WORKSHOP
Through distribution of “make-your-own” lantern kits, plus video tutorials
and virtual workshops, the public will collectively illuminate the night
with their one-of-a-kind lanterns, bringing light and life back to public space.
September 9-11, 2021
“Create your own lantern at home” kits will be distributed to registrants
at a socially-distanced pick-up location outside of Miller Theatre.
Watch the Video Celebration: Tuesday, October 26, 7:00 p.m.
Tune in to morningside-lights.com to watch the live premiere of the video celebration that includes user-generated content of the lantern-making process.
Sign up at morningside-lights.com
Arts Initiative and Miller Theatre:
Columbia University School of the Artshttps://lenfest.arts.columbia.edu/events/complex-issues-south-pico-african-american-artists-los-angeles-1960s-and-1970s