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March 31, 2018

Common Threads: GFS Book Club

Join us this winter, and meet fellow book lovers while discovering and discussing an array of thought-provoking reads. This season’s selections are inspired by themes explored in Joyce J. Scott: Harriet Tubman and Other Truths, on view in our Domestic Arts Building, where Book Club programs will also take place.

Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine
This book by Claudia Rankine recounts mounting racial aggressions in ongoing encounters in twenty-first-century daily life and in the media. Some of these encounters are slights, seemingly slips of the tongue, and some are intentional offensives in the classroom, at the supermarket, at home, online, on TV—everywhere, all the time. In essay, image, and poetry, Citizen is a powerful testament to the individual and collective effects of racism in our contemporary, often named “post-race” society.

Conversation Moderator: Autumn Womack

Autumn Womack is a Professor in the Departments of African American Studies and English at Princeton University. She specializes in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century African American literature, with a particular research and teaching focus on the intersection of visual technology, race, and literary culture. She earned her PhD in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University, and from 2015-2016 she was a postdoctoral fellow in Rutgers University's Department of English. Most recently Professor Womack was a 2016-2017 faculty fellow at Penn State University's Center for the History of Information (CHI). Like her research, Professor Womack's teaching is interdisciplinary in its scope. In addition to regularly teaching courses in the area of Nineteenth-Century African-American literary culture, she has taught and developed courses on race and visual culture, literature and surveillance, as well a single author course on Toni Morrison.

Common Threads is a series of community driven programs designed to provide varied and engaging points of entry into the work of artist Joyce J. Scott. Programs take place in the Joyce J. Scott: Harriet Tubman and Other Truths exhibition space unless otherwise noted, and are made possible, in part, by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in these programs do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. Additional funding provided by the Shirley and Arthur Martin Family Fund.

March 31, 2018
Start Time:
1:00 PM
Free with park admission.

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