Thursday, March 12, 7pm
St. Louis Public Library - Central Branch, 1301 Olive
Due to concerns about the Coronavirus, this event is cancelled.
Lisa M. Corrigan, author of Black Feelings: Race and Affect in the Long Sixties, will lecture and sign books at the Central Library auditorium.
In the 1969 issue of Negro Digest, a young Black Arts Movement poet then-named Ameer (Amiri) Baraka published “We Are Our Feeling: The Black Aesthetic.” Baraka’s emphasis on the importance of feelings in black selfhood expressed a touchstone for how the black liberation movement grappled with emotions in response to the politics and racial violence of the era.
In her latest book, award-winning author Lisa M. Corrigan suggests that Black Power provided a significant repository for negative feelings, largely black pessimism, to resist the constant physical violence against black activists and the psychological strain of political disappointment. Corrigan asserts the emergence of Black Power as a discourse of black emotional invention in opposition to Kennedy-era white hope. As integration became the prevailing discourse of racial liberalism shaping mid-century discursive structures, so too, did racial feelings mold the biopolitical order of postmodern life in America.
By examining the discourses produced by Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Stokely Carmichael, Huey Newton, Eldridge Cleaver, and other Black Power icons who were marshaling black feelings in the service of black political action, Corrigan traces how black liberation activists mobilized new emotional repertoires.
Dr. Lisa M. Corrigan (Ph.D. University of Maryland) is an Associate Professor of Communication, Director of the Gender Studies Program, and Affiliate Faculty in both African & African American Studies and Latin American Studies at the University of Arkansas. She is author of Prison Power: How Prison Influenced the Movement for Black Liberation and Black Feelings: Race and Affect in the Long Sixties, both published by University Press of Mississippi. Her writings and reviews have also appeared in the Quarterly Journal of Speech, Rhetoric & Public Affairs, Advances in the History of Rhetoric, Women & Language, Communication Quarterly, The National Journal of Urban Education and Practice, The Journal of Post-Colonial Writing, Intertexts, Review of Communication, the Southern Journal of Communication, the Journal of American Studies, and QED: A Journal in Queer Worldmaking. She is also a contributor to the Indivisible Guide and regularly leads political trainings and workshops in Arkansas and around the country. She also co-hosts a podcast with Laura Weiderhaft called "Lean Back: Critical Feminist Conversations", which was named the top podcast in Arkansas and one of the top thirty-five podcasts in the country by Paste magazine. It can be found on iTunes, Google Play, and your preferred podcast platform.
Doors to the auditorium will open at 6:30 pm and the event will begin at 7 pm. Books will be for sale courtesy of Left Bank Books in the lobby. This event is free and open to the public, no purchase is necessary to attend, no reservations required. Seating is first come-first served.
For More information contact the St Louis Public Library at (314) 241-2288.