Against Recovery?: Slavery, Freedom, and the Archive
A two-day conference at New York University, November 30 – December 1, 2012
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About This Conference
Against Recovery?: Slavery, Freedom, and the Archive is an interdisciplinary conference that aims to foster discussion and debate about how emerging methods and archival practices in the study of slavery and freedom can generate new ideas about black political narratives in the Americas. For decades, a lack of evidence about enslaved and free black lives has presented an overwhelming challenge to historians, while simultaneously rendering slavery studies an exceptionally dynamic field. A new generation of scholars has probed the limits of history writing, adopting creative reading practices to make suppositions about the everyday lives, politics, and interior worlds of enslaved and free people. We bring together scholars whose work asks what happens if we do not look to the archive as merely a space of recovery and vindication, but as one in which we can glimpse the multiple ways our subjects might have fashioned blackness and imagined futures that do not sit easily with more common historical narratives of progress and
via Against Recovery?: Slavery, Freedom, and the Archive | A two-day conference at New York University, November 30 – December 1, 2012.
Three African American Women Win Rhodes Scholarships
Filed in Features on November 19, 2012
The Rhodes Scholarships, considered by many to be the most prestigious awards given to U.S. college students, were created in 1902 by the will of Cecil Rhodes, an industrialist who made a vast fortune in colonial Africa. Each year, 32 Americans are named Rhodes Scholars. The scholarships provide funds for two or three years of graduate study at Oxford University in Britain. Rhodes Scholars from the United States join students from 14 other jurisdictions including Australia, southern Africa, Kenya, India, and Canada. All told, about 80 Rhodes Scholars worldwide are selected each year for study at Oxford.
This year, 1,700 American students sought Rhodes Scholarships. Of those, 838 were endorsed for selection by 302 different colleges and universities. Of the 32 American winners this year, six attend Harvard University and seven have been students at Yale University.
via Three African American Women Win Rhodes Scholarships : The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education.
Left of Black S3:E11 | Everyday Racism, Everyday Homophobia
November 26, 2012
On Thursday, November 8, 2012, HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Advanced Collaboratory) sponsored Everyday Racism, Everyday Homophobia: A Symposium on the Intersections of Race, Gender, and Sexuality at the John Hope Franklin Center at Duke University.
The event featured Jack Halberstam, Professor of English and Director of The Center for Feminist Research at University of Southern California, and author of the recently published Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender, and the End of Normal (Beacon); Marlon Ross, Professor on English at the University of Virginia and author of Manning the Race: Reforming Black Men in the Jim Crow Era (NYU Press); Kathryn Bond Stockton, Distinguished Professor of English and Gender Studies at the University of Utah and author of Beautiful Bottom, Beautiful Shame: Where “Black” Meets “Queer”; and Sharon Patricia Holland, Associate Professor of English and African & African American Studies at Duke University and the author of the just published The Erotic Life of Racism (Duke University Press).
The event was moderated by Left of Black host and Duke University Professor, Mark Anthony Neal.
via NewBlackMan (in Exile): Left of Black S3:E11 | Everyday Racism, Everyday Homophobia.
State of War
The Republicans have thrown down the gauntlet over the possibility that Susan Rice will replace Hillary Clinton. But the winner is already clear.
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By John Heilemann Published Nov 22, 2012 ShareThis
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It was Tuesday morning in Phnom Penh when Barack Obama decided to dispatch Hillary Clinton to the Middle East to try to help defuse the mounting conflict in Gaza. Clinton had been traveling at Obama’s side on his swing through Thailand, Burma, and Cambodia—but now duty called, and she was off to Jerusalem, Ramallah, and Cairo. So peripatetic has Clinton been as secretary of State that it seemed perversely fitting that what was billed as her final foreign trip with her boss would be cut short this way. And while news of cease-fire talks in Gaza came hours before she touched down in the region, the sequence of events was a vivid reminder of the stature that Clinton has gained in the job: For the past four years, she has been Obama’s go-to gal in any global crisis.
via Why Susan Rice Will Be Confirmed As Secretary of State — New York Magazine.
Joan King Lane, beloved wife of Ambrose I. Lane, Sr., born April 6, 1936, transitioned to ancestry on November 24, 2012.
Services will held Saturday
December 1, 2012 – 10:30 am
Mt. Pisgah AME Church
5901 Cedar Fern Ct.
Columbia, MD 21044
Cards should be sent to Ambrose Lane, Jr.
c/o Mt. Pisgah AME Church (same address as above)
via WPFW – Jazz and Justice radio in Washington DC. – WPFW.
Class Wars of 2012
By PAUL KRUGMAN
Published: November 29, 2012 501 Comments
On Election Day, The Boston Globe reported, Logan International Airport in Boston was running short of parking spaces. Not for cars — for private jets. Big donors were flooding into the city to attend Mitt Romney’s victory party.
They were, it turned out, misinformed about political reality. But the disappointed plutocrats weren’t wrong about who was on their side. This was very much an election pitting the interests of the very rich against those of the middle class and the poor.
And the Obama campaign won largely by disregarding the warnings of squeamish “centrists” and embracing that reality, stressing the class-war aspect of the confrontation. This ensured not only that President Obama won by huge margins among lower-income voters, but that those voters turned out in large numbers, sealing his victory.
The important thing to understand now is that while the election is over, the class war isn’t. The same people who bet big on Mr. Romney, and lost, are now trying to win by stealth — in the name of fiscal responsibility — the ground they failed to gain in an open election.
via Class Wars of 2012 – NYTimes.com.
Lawrence Guyot: Soldier of the people, mentor for the youth
By Jonathan Hutto
It was October 1996 and I had just finished a round of campaigning for an Advisory Neighborhood Commission seat in the Pleasant Plains section of Northwest Washington. As I walked by the Howard Plaza Towers that Sunday evening, I saw a gray-bearded gentleman sitting out front, passing out flyers. They read: “Vote for Lawrence Guyot for ANC 1B04”.
I stopped and looked at the handouts. They were not your ordinary
Civil Rights activist Lawrence Guyot died Nov. 23 at his home in Mount Rainier. He was 73 (Nikki Kahn – The Washington Post) campaign flyers. They also listed a number of books and documentaries for students to engage towards increasing their knowledge of the Civil Rights movement.
via Lawrence Guyot: Soldier of the people, mentor for the youth – The Root DC Live – The Washington Post.
With his trial for the killing of Trayvon Martin not slated to begin until next year, don’t think for a minute George Zimmerman isn’t spending his free time dreaming up new hustles to separate suckers from their money.
His latest one is a post on his official website when Zimmerman claims the “George Zimmerman Defense Fund is at its lowest, and new funds must be raised to support George’s living expenses and legal costs.” Give now and you’ll receive a note that reads “Thank you for your support, [signed] your friend, George Zimmerman.”
I have no idea what kind of person would give money to a cowardly punk like Zimmerman and I hope I never meet anyone that would. I’m not a violent man, but I do have fantasy of what I might do if George Zimmerman, a metal baseball bat, a locked room and me were to all converge simultaneously in an act of cosmic justice.
via Stand Your Ground (and Kill Who You Want) « The Domino Theory by Jeff Winbush.
“You don’t need an army. You don’t need to know important, influential people. You don’t even need to be rich to leave a mark on history and make change happen!” –FUREE member
Families United for Racial and Economic Equality (FUREE) is a Brooklyn-based multi-racial organization made up almost exclusively of women of color. We organize low-income families to build power to change the system so that all people’s work is valued and all of us have the right and economic means to decide and live out our own destinies. We use direct action, leadership development, community organizing, civic engagement and political education to win the changes our members seek. Our guiding principle is that those directly affected by the policies we are seeking to change should lead the organization.
Mission & History | Families United for Racial and Economic Equality.
‘King Abraham Africanus’?: Lincoln Review
by Stephane Dunn | special to NewBlackMan (in Exile)
When I was in college, one of those too rare truly provocative discussions occurred over an assigned reading about the nineteenth century in America. I don’t remember the reading, but I do remember that it led to some discussion of President Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln was discussed unquestionably as the ‘Great Emancipator.’ I dared to contradict, having not too long before read some books that gave me a history lesson I hadn’t gotten in all of my middle or high school years. I suggested that the Emancipation was less about a racially progressive Lincoln and more about saving the country and that Lincoln was no great supporter of racial equality or black folk generally. It got heated in the classroom. A girl actually cried she was so disturbed by what she saw as my blasphemy against noble Lincoln. I felt badly and was disturbed as well as further fascinated by the enigma that I think Lincoln remains. The classroom incident heightened my consciousness of Lincoln’s tall complicated, controversial historical shadow.
via NewBlackMan (in Exile): ‘King Abraham Africanus’?: Lincoln Review.