CAS Dean's Lecture Series - Emily Bernard
CAS Spring Dean's Lecture
Emily Bernard, professor, Department of English
"Becoming Black: A Meditation on Racialization"
Professor Bernard's daughters weren't born black; they are Ethiopian by birth. Blackness is the social condition that largely determines their experiences in the United States. They were five years old when they absorbed the fact that black is an ideological, socio-political category that has little to do with actual skin color. They are gradually becoming black, even though they were born in a place where the concept of "blackness" does not exist. In this lecture, Bernard explores the way that blackness is learned and also lived.
Emily Bernard is Interim Director of the ALANA U.S. Ethnic Studies program. Her first book, Remember me to Harlem: The Letters of Langston Hughes and Carl Van Vechten (2001), was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Her essays have been reprinted in Best American Essays and Best of Creative Non-Fiction. Bernard has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Yale University, and the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University. Her most recent book is Carl Van Vechten and the Harlem Renaissance: A Portrait in Black and White.
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