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MLK Day Lecture: “Insurgent Black Study: A Brief History of the Present”

January 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Tracing a genealogy of the struggles for freedom, power, and liberation, this talk examines the origin of Black Studies, Black History, Black Feminist Studies, and Black Sexuality Studies. These fields of scholarship, currently undergoing systemic attack, offer generative responses to Martin Luther King, Jr’s prescient question, “Where do we go from here?”

Keona K. Ervin is the author of the award-winning book, Gateway to Equality: Black Women and the Struggle for Economic Justice in St. Louis (University Press of Kentucky Press, 2017). She has published articles and reviews in International Labor and Working-Class History, Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society, LABOR: Studies in Working-Class History, New Labor Forum, and Los Angeles Review of Books. Ervin is currently writing a history of Black women’s labor struggles that will be published by Verso Books, and a history of the intersections of Black radical feminist politics and labor-leftist coalitions and solidarity movements in the US since the 1970s. Ervin is the Senior Editor of the Labor History section of the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History and serves as Associate Professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies; Program Director, Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Bowdoin College.

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January 15
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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