GENEVA, N.Y.—The lecture series at Hobart and William Smith Colleges devoted to the study of men and women kicks off with its first fall lecture, “Race Puzzles,” continuing the theme of “2001 Space Odyssey: Gender Journeys and Gendered Spaces.”
Michelle Wright, an assistant professor of English at Macalester College, and William Jones, an assistant professor of history at Rutgers, will take a look at why 400-year-old racist stereotypes still flourish at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, September 10, in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library on the HWS campus. They will also examine some contemporary manifestations of racist debate. A morning discussion will follow at 8:45 a.m. in Room 212, Demarest Hall.
Wright is interested in discourses on race and technology, as well as queer and black feminist issues in the literature of the African Diaspora. Her current project examines comparative black theories of subjectivity in African-American, black British, Afro-German, and black French literature and non-fiction. Wright earned her bachelor's degree from Oberlin College and her doctorate from the University of Michigan.
Jones has a bachelor's degree from Northwestern University, and master's and doctoral degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Jones is working on a book titled The Tribe of Black Ulysses: African American Men in the Industrial South. His work and published articles focus on African Americans and organized labor.
This event is free and open to the public.