In Conversation is designed to as intimate gatherings with scholars and artists.
March 27, 2021
Professor Emerita at Western Illinois University: African American Studies, English, Women’s Studies, C. S’thembile West is a former basketball coach and modern dance instructor who taught in New York City public school system. For three decades she danced with companies led by Chuck Davis, Lynn Simonson, and Dianne McIntyre. She co-created works with Crowsfeet Dance Collective and directed a small company, We Dance, spring 1983. West began writing about dance in newspapers while dancing with McIntyre’s Sounds in Motion Dance Company as a corrective for critics at the time who were writing about the company and the Jazz musicians with whom the company collaborated without acknowledgment of the history, heritage, or traditions that undergirded the genre. Professor C. S’thembile West was born and raised in Harlem, NYC.
March 6, 2021
A product of predominantly Black primary and secondary schooling, Dr. H. Enoch Page has spent the better part of 37 years in higher education, an anthropologist researching and teaching on structures of oppression, promoting education justice, and theorizing about sexed, gendered, raced, and classed embodied subjects. Listen to Dr. Page discuss Black America’s past and present struggles for identity and belonging and potential futures.
References from Dr. Page
Coerced: Work under threat of punishment, Erin Hatton 2020, University of California Press.
The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The fight for a human future at the new frontier of power Shoshana Zuboff 2019, Hatchett Book Group.
The Punishment Monopoly: Tales of my ancestors, dispossession, and the building of the United States, Pem Buck 2019, Monthly Review Press.
Debt: The first 5000 years, David Graeber 2012, Penguin UK.
Winners Take All: The elite charade of changing the world, Anand Giridharadas 2019, Vintage Books.
Transcending the Talented Tenth: Black leaders and American intellectuals, Joy James 1997 , Routledge.
Race After Technology: Abolitionist tools for the new Jim Crow, Ruha Benjamin 2019, Polity Books.
February 25, 2021
Professor Dr. Joanne Kilgour Dowdy
In conversation with Professor Dr. Joanne Kilgour Dowdy (International Dance and Theater Artist, Adult Learning Specialist, and Education Innovator and Visionary), discussing her life of melding artistry and scholarship, her lifelong archiving practices, and performing beyond 40+.
The Imperial University: Academic Repression and Scholarly Dissent, Piya Chatterjee and Sunaina Maira (Eds.) 2014, University of Minnesota Press.