Tuesday, October 8, 2013
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Where: Community Meeting Room, 1703 Orrington Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201
Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public
Category: Lectures & Meetings
"Blackness When You Least Expect It: Understanding Racial Diversity in the 21st Century"
What does it mean to be "Black"? If Blackness has no biological basis (there is no such thing as a Black gene, Black DNA, nor, despite the claims of pharmaceutical companies, do all Black people possess a distinct biology that makes them more or less vulnerable to certain conditions than other racial groups), what do we mean when we claim it for ourselves or for others? In this lecture, Dr. Michelle M. Wright discusses the odd yet obvious role time and space play in our assumptions about and engagements with racial identities, especially Blackness. Learn how Sir Isaac Newton and an early Black African Christian theologian still guide and structure so much of our understanding of race in the 21st century --and how discoveries in theoretical particle (aka "quantum") physics point to a far more complex notion of time, space and identity...one with which we are not actually unfamiliar!
The Evanston Northwestern Humanities Lecture Series is an ongoing collaboraton between The Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities and the Evanston Public Library, whereby Northwestern University humanities faculty share their research with members of the Evanston community.
Light refreshments will be served.