Two local events of interest – November 1, 2012

“Black Cultural Politics in a Color Blind Nation”
Lecture by Tricia Rose (Africana Studies, Brown University)
Date: November 1, 2012
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum

Co-Sponsored by IPRH (Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities) and the Spurlock Museum.
David R. Roediger, Kendrick C. Babcock Professor of History and African American Studies will moderate.
A reception will follow the lecture.
This event is free and open to the public.

About this event:
This lecture explores some facets of the strange co-existence of the idea of “color blindness” as a social ideal in the context of a social reality in which race heavily determines economic and social outcomes, racially-coded political narratives fuel national belonging, and the entertainment industry regularly profits from mass consumption of narrow visions of “blackness.” What kinds of alternatives do these conditions generate?

About the speaker:
Tricia Rose was born and raised in New York City. She spent her childhood in Harlem and the Bronx. She graduated from Yale University where she received a BA in Sociology and then received her PhD from Brown University in American Studies. She recently returned to Brown, where she is Professor of Africana Studies.

Professor Rose is most well-known for her ground-breaking book on the emergence of hip hop culture. Black Noise: Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary America won several awards and is considered a defining and foundational text for the study of hip hop. She is also the co-editor of the youth music and youth culture collection: Microphone Fiends, and in 2003 published a rare history of black women’s sexual life stories, called Longing To Tell: Black Women Talk About Sexuality and Intimacy. In 2008, Professor Rose returned to hip hop with: THE HIP HOP WARS: What We Talk About When We Talk About Hip Hop—And Why It Matters.

Words in the Wind IV
Thursday, November 1, 7:30pm
Faith United Methodist Church
1719 S. Prospect Avenue, Champaign

Free admission for local speech and drama students
$4 suggested contribution for U of I and Parkland students
$10 suggested contribution for general public

Do you love children’s literature? Then join us for an adventurous and entertaining evening, as C-U’s finest actors and musicians put a new spin on favorite children’s books. Proceeds from this benefit concert support Illinois Public Media’s Book Mentor Project. Suggested donation $10. For more information on the Book Mentor Project visit: For more information on the event visit:


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