Black History Month at The New School

February 24, 2016 all-day
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The Milano School for International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy is celebrating Black History Month! Join us in the several events that we are hosting to tackle pressing issues revolving race, privilege, representation, and oppression.

Events include:

(click on each event title for more details)

February 17th: Black Women in Sequence: Re-thinking Comics, Graphic Novels and Anime ft. Deborah Whaley

The Sisters Art Salon joins BUFU for a special presentation from Deborah Elizabeth Whaley, Associate Professor of American Studies and African American Studies at the University of Iowa and author of Black Women in Sequence: Reinking Comics, Graphic Novels, and Anime (2015). The presentation will explore graphic novel production and comic book fandom, looking in particular at African American women as deployed in 1970s/1980s television, film, animation, and print representations of comic book and graphic novel characters.

February 19th: Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race Book Discussion

Waking Up White is the book Irving wishes someone had handed her decades ago. By sharing her sometimes cringe-worthy struggle to understand racism and racial tensions, she offers a fresh perspective on bias, stereotypes, manners, and tolerance. As Irving unpacks her own long-held beliefs about colorblindness, being a good person, and wanting to help people of color, she reveals how each of these well-intentioned mindsets actually perpetuated her ill-conceived ideas about race.

February 24th: Making the Case for Reparations

The question of reparations remain poignant on the minds of Black Americans all across the nation. Among many other activists, Ta-Nehisi Coates addresses this issue through his writing, in the Atlantic e-magazine article A Case for Reparations. He discusses the key points of why reparations are necessary for Black Americans, and delves into Black American history to solidify his case. Milano School Professor Darrick Hamilton, along with lead experts and authors on reparations William Darity and Kirsten Mullen, discuss the topic of reparations expanding on this controversial topic. They tackle the issues Ta-Nehisi Coates unpacks, and offer their insights on the issue as well.

February 26th: Bridging the Gap Connecting the Black Diaspora

What is the “Black Diaspora”? Who does it include or exclude? How is Blackness experienced on a global level? How do these different perspectives inform the identity-making process? Join the Milano School as we discuss these and other topics relating to Black History around the world. This event includes a facilitated discussion for New School students and faculty, during which we examine the role of class, gender, colorism and other issues affecting the global black community.

This event is sponsored by the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy and the Center for New York City Affairs at The New School.

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