Fisher Center: “You Can’t Fix a Broken Foundation” – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Fisher Center: “You Can’t Fix a Broken Foundation”

Examining the theme “No Place Like Home,” the 2016-17 Fisher Center lecture series continues on Wednesday, Sept. 28, with “You Can’t Fix a Broken Foundation: Black Women’s Housing in the 1970s,” a talk by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor.

An assistant professor of African American studies at Princeton University, Taylor is the author of “From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation.” In the words of Cornel West, “This brilliant book is the best analysis we have of the #BlackLivesMatter moment of the long struggle for freedom in America. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor has emerged as the most sophisticated and courageous radical intellectual of her generation.”

Taylor’s talk will draw from her work in progress, “Race for Profit: Black Housing and the Urban Crisis of the 1970s,” which looks at the federal government’s promotion of single-family homeownership in Black communities after the urban rebellions of the 1960s. She considers the impact of the turn to market-based solutions on Black neighborhoods, Black women on welfare, and emergent discourses on the urban “underclass.” Taylor’s talk will be held at 7 p.m. in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library.

Through “No Place Like Home,” this year’s lecture series explores the diverse productions of and investments in the concept of “home” in the context of capitalism and technology, refugee crises and ecological catastrophe, and policing and colonialism.

Founded in 1998, the Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men brings together faculty, students and experts in gender-related fields in the arts, humanities, and social and natural sciences to foster mutual understanding and social justice in contemporary society.