Anne Braden Memorial Lecture: Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, a Project Progress series event

The seventh annual Anne Braden Memorial Lecture is November 20, 2013.
When Nov 20, 2013
from 05:30 PM to 06:30 PM
Where Student Activities Center, Multipurpose Room
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Contact Phone 502-852-6142
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A&S and the Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research present the seventh annual Anne Braden Memorial Lecture on November 20, 2013 to be delivered by Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad. Muhammad is Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a research division of the New York Public Library, and is author of the award-winning book, The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America.

“Why the Past Won’t Go Away: The Crisis of History in the Age of Post-Racialism”


What does it mean when history as a discipline is under attack in an era in which we can have a black president address a nation grappling over the murder of an unarmed black teen? Schomburg Center director, author and former IU Bloomington associate professor Dr. Khalil Muhammad breaks down how knowing the past is directly related to understanding the present crises.

In his talk, Dr. Muhammad is expected to respond to the Trayvon Martin assassination, the Zimmerman verdict, how we remember the March on Washington and other major historical events.

Dr. Muhammad will touch on some of the same issues discussed by previous Anne Braden Memorial Lecture speakers Michelle Alexander and Robin Kelley, such as mass incarceration and punitive actions against youth of color, with the main difference being his focus on the present attack on historical understanding/historical literacy and knowing the past in direct relation to knowing the crises.

Dr. Muhammad will talk about the present disinvestment in history departments, in history students and in historical learning amongst younger people, and how this affects both white supremacy and people of color’s perceptions of themselves.

 

About Khalil Gibran Muhammad

Dr. Muhammad is director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a research division of the New York Public Library, and a former associate professor of history at Indiana University. His book, The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America, published by Harvard University Press, won the 2011 John Hope Franklin Best Book award in American Studies.

He is now working on his second book, Disappearing Acts: The End of White Criminality in the Age of Jim Crow, which traces the historical roots of the changing demographics of crime and punishment so evident today.

Please visit anne-braden.org/anne-brade-memorial-lectures for event details and more on Dr. Muhammad.

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