Feb 17: Abriendo Brecha Activist Scholarship Event

February 1, 2012

Abriendo Brecha/Opening a Path IX: Activist Scholarship Event

Friday, February 17, 2012

John L Warfield Center for African and African American Studies, ISESE Gallery

(JES A230)

12:00 – 1:30 pm      Keynote Speaker: Frank Wilderson III

“The Vengeance of Vertigo: Aphasia and Abjection in the Political Trials of Black Insurgents”


Frank B. Wilderson III, the award winning author of Incognegro: A Memoir of Exile and Apartheid, is one of two Americans to hold elected office in the African National Congress, and former insurgent in the ANC’s armed wing Umkhonto we Sizwe. His captivating memoir received the American Book Award, the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Legacy Award, the Eisner Prize for Creative Achievement of the Highest Order, and the National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship. He is the author of a recent monograph on cinema, politics, and race: Red, White, & Black: Cinema and the Structure of U.S. Antagonisms (Duke, 2010).  His short fiction and critical essays have appeared in literary and scholarly journals internationally.

1:30 – 2:00 pm    Break, refreshments served

2:00 – 4:00 pm   Activist Research Panel

Tiara Naputi, Department of Anthropology, “Guahan Coalition of Peace and Justice” (Guam)

Sade Anderson and Haile Eshe Cole, Department of Anthropology, “Mamas of Color Rising” (Austin)

Cory LaFevers, Ethnomusicology, “Projeto Yabas” (Brazil)

Luciane Rocha, Department of Anthropology, “Violence, Black Women and Activism in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil”

Jorge Antonio Renaud, School of Social Work, “Red Salmon Arts/Save our Youth” (Austin)

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