TODAY: Lecture By George Yancy, “Fear of the Black Body: The Elevator Effect”

Come hear George Yancy, Professor of Philosophy at Emory University, deliver his lecture titled “Fear of the Black Body: The Elevator Effect” today at 4:30.

“In this talk, Yancy will discuss how racism continues to exist in our contemporary moment and thereby show that we are far from having reached a “post-racial” America. He will argue that fearless speech and fearless listening are greatly needed if we are to confront the proverbial elephant in the room. Yancy will provide historical examples of how the Black body was “seen” (and treated) as a “problem body” through the white gaze. He will draw from philosophy and from popular film. He shows that the question of how it feels to be a Black problem (raised by W.E.B. Dubois) is linked to the power and privilege of whiteness. Using one of his much discussed examples, Yancy will show how the Black body is deemed “problematic” within the context of a mundane encounter in an elevator between a Black man and a white woman.
ID’s will be required. The event will be open to the public 5 minutes before the start of the lecture if space remains available.”

Where: Dana Auditorium
When: Today, 3/7, 4:30-6:30 PM
Cost: Free

3 thoughts on “TODAY: Lecture By George Yancy, “Fear of the Black Body: The Elevator Effect”

  1. And if you want to feel free to shout him down and/or physically assualt him. It’s totally fine and justified as long as you FEEL that it’s warranted.

  2. You can be sure that the insane and depressing statistics about African American children born and raised without fathers and the high level of black on black crime (hello Chicago!), including the murder rate listed above, will be completely ignored by this otherwise well-intentioned speaker. Let’s all blame the sinister forces of white privilege and racism instead. That will definitely help with the epidemics of crime and children born out of wedlock. Brilliant.

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