Upcoming Center Events

April 4, 2017 - 6:30pm to April 5, 2017 - 8:30pm

Sites of Memory: A Language for Grieving

Sites of Memory: A Language for Grieving will feature the internationally acclaimed poet M. NourbeSe Philip; Sonya Posmentier, Assistant Professor of English at NYU; and Ibrahima Seck, academic director of the Whitney Plantation, a “site of memory” focused on the lives of the enslaved people who lived and worked there. Thanks to the Race, Poetics, Empire focal area of the English Department and our community partner, the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater. Read more »
April 11, 2017 (All day) to April 12, 2017 (All day)

Alt(e)ar: A Multimedia Installation & Performance

New York based visual artist Aya Rodriguez-Izumi and California based interdisciplinary artist Kiki Williams team up for two showings. Read more »

Past Events

March 2, 2017 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm

On Beauty: Place, Blackness, and Being | Tonya M. Foster and Mabel O. Wilson

Poet Tonya Foster and architect Mabel Wilson will forward their conversation about place, memory, politics, and blackness. Read more »
February 16, 2017 - 1:30pm

Aster(ix) Presents Through a Different Lens: Lecture by Maaza Mengiste

"And this is where I am today, wondering about the writer’s role when there seems there is nothing we can say to change anything. What I have begun to think: that before the word comes the image, that before we describe, we must first be willing to look. We must stare, then verbalize, then reclaim. We learn to comprehend what is in front of us by writing, by re-creating in such a way that we urge others not to turn aside.”—Maaza Mengiste, "What Is The Writer’s Place In A Violent World?" Read more »
February 6, 2017 -
3:00pm to 4:30pm

Erasing Basquiat: Lecture by Christian Campbell

Christian Campbell is a poet, scholar, and Assistant Professor of English at the University of Toronto. Read more »