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The Politics of Race and Sexuality

The Politics of Race and Sexuality
UC 140
Time: Mar 29th, 4:30 pm End: Apr 1st, 4:30 pm
Interest Categories: Women/Gender, Women & Gender Studies (FAS), Visual Studies (UTM), Urban, United States Studies, Sociology (FAS), Sexual Diversity, Political Science, Philosophy (UTSC), Philosophy (UTM), Philosophy (FAS), Marxist, Ethics, English and Drama (UTM), English (UTSC), English (FAS), Drama, Theatre, Performance Studies (FAS), Diaspora/Transnational, Critical Theory, Comparative Literature (FAS), Communications, Communication, Culture, Information and Technology (UTM), Cinema, Canada, Art (FAS), African, 2000-
2011 Alexander Lectures by Dwight A. McBride, Northwestern University

University College is pleased to present the 2011 Alexander Lectures

Dwight A. McBride
Daniel Hale Williams Professor of African American Studies, English, & Performance Studies
Dean of The Graduate School & Associate Provost for Graduate Education
Northwestern University          

The Politics of Race and Sexuality                                      

March 29 - April 1, 2011
4:30 p.m., Room 140, University College
15 King’s College Circle, University of Toronto. View a map
Reception in Room 240 following lecture on March 29

Historically, as form of resistance to the negative stigmas and caricatures about their morality, African Americans adopted a "politics of respectability." Claiming respectability through manners and morality furnished an avenue for African Americans to assert the will and agency to redefine themselves outside prevailing racist discourses. Although many deployed the politics of respectability as a form of resistance, its ideological nature constituted a deliberate concession to mainstream societal values.  This strict adherence to what is socially deemed "respectable" has resulted in African American scholars' confining their scholarship on African Americans to often the most "heroic," and the most successful attributes in African American culture; it has also resulted in a discipline (i.e., African American studies) and the proliferation of analyses, which can be characterized as culturally defensive, patriarchal, and heterosexist.   These four lectures take up text (broadly conceived) central to African American cultural studies—e.g., Baldwin, leadership, Morrison, faith—and re-examine them through the complicating lenses of both race and sexuality as critical categories for cultural and political analysis.

Members of the faculty, staff, students and the public are cordially invited.
No registration necessary.
Call (416) 978-3160 for more information.



About the Speaker:


Dwight A. McBride is Daniel Hale Williams Professor of African American Studies, English, & Performance Studies and Dean of The Graduate School & Associate Provost for Graduate Education at Northwestern University. Educated at Princeton University (AB in English, 1990) and the University of California, Los Angeles (MA & PhD in English 1993 and 1996 respectively), he has worked in the areas of early African American literature and race and sexuality studies.   Author of Impossible Witnesses: Truth, Abolitionism, and Slave Testimony (2001) and Why I Hate Abercrombie and Fitch: Essays on Race and Sexuality (2005), McBride also edited James Baldwin Now (1999), A Melvin Dixon Critical Reader (2006); and co-edited the 2003 Lambda Literary winning anthology Black Like Us: A Century of Lesbian, Gay, and Bi-Sexual African American Fiction (2002), a special issue of Callaloo titled "Plum Nelly: New Essays on Black Queer Studies" (2000), and the award winning special issue of Public Culture titled "100 Years of The Souls of Black Folk," (2005). He is currently co-editing a volume titled Critical Terms for African American Studies (under contract with SUNY Press) and working on two monographs—one on the 18th-century African American poet Phillis Wheatley and another on the politics of race and sexuality in the US.  Prior to his current position, he was Dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago (2007-2010) and chair of the Department of African American Studies at Northwestern University 2002-2007 where he helped establish the US's 7th Ph.D. program in African American Studies, which will graduate its first doctoral student this summer.


About the Alexander Lectures:

The Alexander Lectures were founded in 1928 in memory of Professor W.J. Alexander, Head of the Department of English at University College from 1889 to 1926. Accordingly, the subject matter of the Alexander lectures is literature. Four in number, the lectures are generally delivered on successive days.


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