2020-2021 Speaker Series

Our annual speaker series featured talks and conversations from noted leaders addressing the health crisis and the resurgence of Black activism globally.

They spoke of Black feminism, Afropessimism, radical intersectionality, and decolonial theory dovetailing with both extant curricular offerings in the department and a broader call to adapt and reinvigorate Black theory. That call to an adaptation of the Black Radical Tradition served to expand its scope in order to think through the problem of Black vulnerability and the political implications of Black thought on a global scale. Indeed, the pandemic continues to affect those on the margins—in the Global South, in communities lacking basic resources, without access to vaccines, and those made most vulnerable by migration, movement, and hyper-mobility on a planetary scale.

Below, we've included full content of some of the presentations. More presentations will be added when available: