Frank B. Wilderson, III Public Talk “Afro-Pessimism and the Ruse of Analogy”

October 6, 2017
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Jennings Hall 155
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Introduced by Franco Barchiesi (Comparative Studies and AAAS)

Frank B. Wilderson, III is a professor of African American Studies, Drama, and Film and Media Studies at the University of California, Irvine. He is the author of two widely acclaimed books, Incognegro: A Memoir of Exile and Apartheid (South End Press, 2008; Duke University Press, 2015) and Red, White, and Black: Cinema and the Structure of U.S. Antagonisms (Duke University Press, 2010). An award-winning writer, poet, scholar, activist, and filmmaker, Professor Wilderson is the recipient of the 2008 American Book Award (for Incognegro), the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award for Nonfiction, the Eisner Prize for Creative Achievement of the Highest Order, the Maya Angelou Award for Best Fiction Portraying the Black Experience in America, the Judith Stronach Award for Poetry, and the Jerome Foundation Artists and Writers Award.

Organized by the Department of Comparative Studies, co-sponsored by The Reading Group on Afro-Pessimism and Black Radical Thought.

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