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Express Yourself! A Vibrant Celebration of Intersecting Identities

Jenna Wortham and Dr. Melba Boyd
Friday, March 8, 2024
6:00-9:00 PM
Rackham Lobby, Rackham Auditorium Rackham Graduate School (Horace H.) Map
Inspired by the artistic movements of Afro-, Asian- and Chicana-futurism, the Students of Color of Rackham (SCOR) invites you to join us for a special evening of joy and celebration. Guests will enjoy heavy appetizers and browse original artwork and books created by Rackham graduate students and members of our larger community. After the reception, we will transition into our main events: an opening poem by award-winning poet and professor Dr. Melba Boyd, a keynote address by critically acclaimed journalist Jenna Wortham, and live performances by Rackham students.

Jenna Wortham (she/they) is a journalist, author, and cultural figure. Jenna's work has appeared everywhere from the New York Times to Vogue to WIRED to The Economic Times. A graduate of the University of Virginia, Jenna has received wide recognition for her work including a Zora Neale Hurston Fellowship, a MacDowell Fellowship, and a Kelly Writers House Fellowship. Her highly popular weekly culture podcast "Still Processing" has been recognized by The Atlantic, The Huffington Post, and IndieWire. In addition to co-hosting "Still Processing", Jenna is a staff writer for the New York Times Magazine. She recently co-edited the visual anthology Black Futures which features work from over 100 thought leaders and artists, such as Alicia Garza and Solange Knowles. She also has a forthcoming book with Penguin Press called Work of Body.

Dr. Melba Joyce Boyd (she/her) is an award-winning author of 13 books, nine of which are poetry. She received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Michigan, and both a B.A. and M.A. in English from Western Michigan University. Dr. Boyd's books have received multiple awards over the years. Her book Wrestling with the Muse: Dudley Randall and the Broadside Press earned the 2005 Honor for Nonfiction from The Black Caucus of the American Library Association. Her following book, Roses and Revolutions: The Selected Writings of Dudley Randall, received the 2010 Independent Publishers Award was recognized by the Library of Michigan as a Notable Book in 2010, and was a finalist for the 2010 NAACP Image Award for poetry and the 2009 ForeWord Book of the Year for poetry. Other honors include the National Conference of Artists Award and the Charles H. Wright Museum's Women's Award.

A live stream is available for guests attending virtually!
Building: Rackham Graduate School (Horace H.)
Event Type: Conference / Symposium
Tags: African American, american culture, Black History Month, book event, Books, conference, Culture, Dance, Diversity, Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Free, Graduate and Professional Students, Graduate Students, Humanities, LGBT, LGBTQ Graduate Student, Literary Arts, Multicultural, Rackham, Reception, social justice, Student Org, symposium, Visual Arts
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Students of Color at Rackham (SCOR), Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives (OAMI), School of Education, Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, Rackham Graduate School, Bentley Historical Library, CEW+, National Center for Institutional Diversity, Department of American Culture, Department of History, African American Studies, Center for Racial Justice
Upcoming Dates:
Friday, March 8, 2024 6:00-9:00 PM