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HIGH STAKES CULTURE The Politics of Blackface Then and Now: What’s in Your Yearbook?

Monday, March 11, 2019
5:30-7:00 PM
Space #2435 North Quad Map
We are in a moment in which a ‘culture war’ – in large part about race -- has been ignited and is being stoked daily by activists across the political spectrum and by the President of the United States himself. This high stakes culture war is playing out across our cultural landscape in ways that we need to better understand and the practice of blackface as a political tool has become a particularly potent flash point.

Please join us for a conversation about ‘blackface – then and now.’ What is it? Why does it still matter? Why was it a thing in 1880 and 1980? Why is it all over the news now? And, how can we better understand the violent uses to which cultural appropriation more broadly gets put?

Come talk to scholars who work on questions like these about these questions and others you might have about blackface, redface and yellowface then and now.

Stephen Berrey (American Culture and History), Bethany Hughes (American Culture and Native American studies), and Peter Ho Davies (English), and Matthew Countryman (Afroamerican and African studies, American Culture, History). Moderated by Angela Dillard (Residential College, Afroamerican and African Studies, and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education).
Building: North Quad
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: African American, american culture, Culture, Discussion, Diversity, History, humanities, Mass Meeting, multicultural, Social Impact, social justice, Theater, Undergraduate
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Institute for the Humanities, Residential College, Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, Department of American Culture, Department of History, Department of English Language and Literature, Humanities Collaboratory, Native American Studies