Monday, March 23, 4:30pm

Tanisha C. Ford

"Violence at Desmond's Hip City: Olive Morris, Gender Politics, and Soul Power in London"

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Tanisha C. Ford is an assistant professor in the Department of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is the author of the forthcoming book, Liberated Threads: Black Women, Style, and the Global Politics of Soul (UNC Press, Fall 2015). Ford's research uncovers how and why black women in the United States, England, and South Africa used fashion as a tool of cultural-political expression and as a form of resistance to state-sanctioned violence. She has published and forthcoming articles in the Journal of Southern History, Black Camera, The Black Scholar, and NKA: Journal of Contemporary African Art. Her research has been supported by institutions including: the Ford Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the Center for Black Music Research, the University of London, and the Organization of American Historians. She is also invested in digital feminisms and serves as a contributing editor at the Feminist Wire (dot com). Her cultural commentary has been featured in The New Yorker, The Root, NPR, News One, and Fuse. She earned a Ph.D. in 20th Century U.S. History from Indiana University-Bloomington in 2011.


Thursday, April 9, 4:30pm

Khalil Gibran Muhammad

"The Long Arm of the Past: Historical Roots of American Punitiveness"

William Jelani Cobb

"The Historian in the Public Square"

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Khalil Gibran Muhammad is the Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and a Visiting Professor at the CUNY Graduate Center. He holds a doctorate in US history from Rutgers University and is a former associate professor of history at Indiana University. He is a contributing author of a 2014 National Research Council study, The Growth of Incarceration in the United States: Exploring Causes and Consequences, and is the author of The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America (Harvard), which won the 2011 John Hope Franklin Best Book award in American Studies. His research focuses on racial criminalization in modern U.S. History. Khalil’s scholarship has been featured in a number of national print and broadcast media outlets, including the New York Times, New Yorker, Washington Post, NPR and MSNBC. He is a former associate editor of The Journal of American History and prior Andrew W. Mellon fellow at the Vera Institute of Justice. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors for his commitment to public engagement, including Crain Business Magazine’s 40 under 40 (2011), Ebony Power 100 (2013) and The Root 100 of Black Influencers (2012-2014). He also holds two honorary doctorates from The New School (2013) and Bloomfield College (2014). He serves on the board of The Barnes Foundation, and the editorial boards of Transition magazine and the North Star Series of John Hopkins Press.
William Jelani Cobb is an Associate Professor of History and Director of the Africana Studies Institute at the University of Connecticut. He specializes in post-Civil War African American history, 20th century American politics and the history of the Cold War. He is a recipient of fellowships from the Fulbright and Ford Foundations. Professor. Cobb is the author of The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama & the Paradox of Progress (Bloomsbury 2010) and  To The Break of Dawn: A Freestyle on the Hip Hop Aesthetic (NYU Press 2007) which was a finalist for the National Award for Arts Writing. His collection The Devil & Dave Chappelle and Other Essays (Thunder’s Mouth Press) was also published in 2007. He is editor of The Essential Harold Cruse: A Reader. Born and raised in Queens, NY, he was educated at Jamaica High School, Howard University in Washington, D.C. and Rutgers University where he received his doctorate in American History in May 2003. Professor Cobb’s forthcoming book is titled Antidote to Revolution: African American Anticommunism and the Struggle for Civil Rights, 1931-1957. His articles and essays have appeared in the New Yorker, the Daily Beast, the Washington Post, Essence, Vibe, The Progressive, and He has contributed to a number of anthologies including In Defense of Mumia, Testimony, Mending the World and Beats, Rhymes and Life. He has also been a featured commentator on MSNBC, National Public Radio, CNN, Al-Jazeera, CBS News and a number of other national broadcast outlets.