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The blockbuster film Black Panther has been a cultural phenomenon. It has drawn from a deep bibliography of works in Cultural Studies and global Black History. This conversation, led by Hopkins Professor N.D.B Connolly, will discuss the scholarly and analytic developments that helped make a fictional African Kingdom one of the most impactful sites of popular and scholarly meaning making in the Obama/Trump Era. Wakanda has a history, and its ours.
Connolly will bring works such as C. L. R. James’s Black Jacobins, Edmund Morgan’s American Slavery, American Freedom, Cedric J. Robinson’s Forgeries of Memory and Meaning: Blacks and the Regimes of Race and Cinema in Theater and Film before World War II and more into dialogue with both the movie Black Panther and Ta-Nehisi Coates and Brian Delfreeze’s comic book renewal.
N.D.B. Connolly is a Herbert Baxter Adams Associate Professor of History at the Johns Hopkins University. He writes about racism, capitalism, politics, and the built environment in the twentieth century. In addition to his award-winning debut book A World More Concrete: Real Estate and the Remaking of Jim Crow South Florida, Connolly also writes commentary for the New York Times and co-hosts the weekly podcast BackStory.
TIME & DATE
Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 6:30pm