Lauren Michele Jackson - "White Negroes"

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Lauren Michele Jackson

Lauren Michele Jackson will discuss White Negroes: When Cornrows Were in Vogue and Other Thoughts on Cultural Appropriation. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion.

Presented in partnership with CSRPC

At the Co-op

RSVP HERE (Please note that your RSVP is requested but not required.)

About the book: Weaving together media scholarship and cultural critique, Jackson re-situates cultural appropriation as more than just a new buzzword. It is, she contends, simply another chapter in the long history of whiteness thriving at the expense, stolen labor and ingenuity of Black people. Further, her interrogation and exposure of the interracial antagonism resting on the other side of appropriation unravels behavior that feels normal only because it is common.

Piercing, audacious, and bursting with pop-culture touchstones, White Negroes introduces a bold new voice in Jackson. Her debut is both a love letter to the creativity of Black folks and an urgent call for more thoughtful consumption by those who consider themselves "allies."

About the author: Lauren Michele Jackson is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Chicago, and contributing editor at The New Inquiry and Real Life. Her writing about race and online culture has appeared in The Atlantic, Teen Vogue, The Awl, Buzzfeed, Hazlitt, In Media Res, Inside Higher Ed, and Feminist Media Studies. In addition to her work as an essayist and critic, her poetry has appeared in Ha.

About the Co-sponsor: The Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture (CSRPC) was established by Michael C. Dawson, with a founding conference taking place in June of 1996 entitled, “Race and Voice: Challenges for the 21st Century.” From its inception, CSRPC faculty affiliates, students, and staff have been committed to establishing a new type of research institute devoted to the study of race and ethnicity, one that seeks to expand the study of race beyond the black/white paradigm while exploring social and identity cleavages within racialized communities.

Event Location: 
The Seminary Co-op Bookstore
5751 S Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637