You are invited to a Book Reading and Signing by Professor Jonathan Shandell, Department of Visual and Performing Arts. The role of the artist in the cause of Black freedom has been a hotly debated topic for generations now. Dr. Shandell's The American Negro Theatre and the Long Civil Rights Era (University of Iowa Press, 2018) focuses the American Negro Theatre, located in Harlem, New York, to argue that the stories told in the theatre transformed and expanded how Black life was and would be portrayed. Ultimately, Shandell shows that the American Negro Theatre was a formative space for many Black artists who ended up shaping the Civil Rights Movement, as well as Amercian popular culture as a whole.
This event is sponsored by the Pan African Studies Program.