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UCLA Professor to Deliver C.L.R. James Lecture

St. Lawrence University will host Jemima Pierre, associate professor of anthropology and African and American studies at UCLA, who will deliver the 2016 C.L.R. James lecture at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 18, in Hepburn Hall, room 218.

Pierre’s lecture, titled “Global Blackness and the Legacy of Pan-African Revolt,” will offer an attempt to compel a critical discussion on the politics of global Blackness in a moment of increasing anti-Blackness and growing revolt. She addresses the questions of what does it mean to take seriously continental African Blackness within discussions of Black transnationalism and how do we understand the simultaneous and mutual construction of continental African and African diaspora identities and communities. Her lecture draws on the pan-Africanist scholarship of C.L.R. James, especially his demand for intellectuals and activists to develop an international perspective of the struggles for Black self-determination.

Pierre is author of The Predicament of Blackness: Postcolonial Ghana and the Politics of Race, which won the 2014 Elliot Skinner Book Award in Africanist Anthropology, the 2012 Bevington Fund First Book Grant. She is currently completing a book, Race and Africa: Cultural and Historical Legacies, which is under contract with Routledge Press.

The C.L.R. James Lecture provides a public opportunity to bring the campus community together to discuss African issues. C.L.R. James (1901-1989) was an Afro-Trinidadian historian who lived for a time in England and had a major influence on postcolonial literature. The lecture is sponsored by the African Studies program with support from the Center for International and Intercultural Studies and the Department of Global Studies.

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