Lessons in Resistance: Richard Wright as Social Critic and Political Thinker

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MONDAY, MAY 11th

LOCATION: KATHARINE SEYMOUR DAY HOUSE

 

1:00 P.M. Meeting Opening: ENGAGING RICHARD WRIGHT AS A POLITICAL THINKER,

Ernie Zirakzadeh, Political Science, UCONN and Jane Gordon, Political Science & Africana Studies, UCONN

 

1:30 P.M. Panel I: BLACK SUBJECTIVITY

James Haile, Philosophy, Dickinson College,

111A Cryptic Tongue’: Richard Wright’s Phenomenological Sociology”

Lewis Gordon, Philosophy & Africana Studies, UCONN

“Richard Wright’s Black Consciousness, Steve Biko’s Politics”

 

 

3:15P.M. Panel II: RADICAL POLITICS

George Ciccariello-Maher, Politics and History, Drexel University,“Bigger’s Being, Wright’s Lumpen”

Marilyn Nissim-Sabat, Philosophy, Lewis University,

“Conceiving a New Politics: Richard Wright, Simone de Beauvoir, and the Future of Critical Theory”

Dorothy Stringer, English,Temple University,

“Psychology and Black Liberation in Richard Wright’s Black Power (1954)”

 

 

TUESDAY, MAY 12th

LOCATION: MARK TWAIN CENTER

9:30 A.M. Panel Ill: ENGENDERED VIOLENCE

Floyd Hayes, Political Science & Africana Studies,Johns Hopkins University, “Womanizing Richard Wright: Constructing the Black Feminine in The Outsider” Tommy Curry, Philosophy and Africana Studies,Texas A&M University,

“Man of Work:The Rape and Execution of Willie McGee”

 

 

11:00 A.M. Panel IV: RHETORICAL REGISTERS

William Dow,Comparative Literature & English, American University of Paris,

“Richard Wright’s Literary Journalism: Reprimanding Race, Resisting Modernism”

Ernie Zirakzadeh, Political Science, UCONN,

“Modernist Culture and American Fascism: Bigger as Harbinger of White Politics”

Stephen Marshall, American Studies & African and African Diaspora Studies, University of Texas, Austin,

“The Prophetic Wright”

 

 

2:15 P.M. Panel V: UNCLE TOM’S GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN

Jane Gordon, Political Science & Africana Studies, UCONN,“Slavery, Continued: Uncle Tom’s Grandchildren”

Laura Grattan, Political Science,Wellesley College,

“The Refusal to Compromise with Reality: Wright and Prison Abolitionism”

 

Generously sponsorsed by the UCONN HUMANITIES INSTITUTE Questions? email jane.gordon@uconn.edu