The Clement A. Price Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience presents the 40th Annual Marion Thompson Wright Lecture Series. The Marion Thompson Wright Series’ fortieth installment, “Black Futures: What Seems to Be, Need Not Be,” will look to multiple futures – of the series itself, the field of African American Studies, and of Black America as a social, cultural, and political formation – to foreground a tradition of futurism in black intellectual and cultural life, as well as how that tradition and the freedom dreams it has generated have driven movements for change. Ten years ago, the thirtieth anniversary of the series looked back to take stock of its history and that of the field in which it works. For this anniversary, it will look forward to how the series might more fully and meaningfully participate in bringing about a more just and inclusive future.
The day’s celebrated lecturers will include keynote speaker, scholar, and historian Saidiya Hartman (Columbia University); songwriter, producer, and scholar Jason King (New York University); sociologist Ruha Benjamin (Princeton University); and author and filmmaker Ytasha Womack (Afrofuturist/Independent Scholar).
Following the conference, you are invited to a reception in the Engelhard Court of the Newark Museum, 49 Washington Street. The reception will feature food and live musical entertainment by The Bradford Hayes Trio.
All events are free and open to the public. Registration is not required for this event.
For additional information, including parking and other details, please visit, our website (https://sasn.rutgers.edu/news-events/events/2019-marion-thompson-wright-lecture-series) or contact Jessica Hernandez at 973-353-3891 or firstname.lastname@example.org.