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February 2008

Freedom’s Journal’s “Love Ditties” and Other Writings of Courtship and Marriage in Early African America

February 7, 2008 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Photo: Mike Lovett 2008 Nellie Y. McKay Lecture in the Humanities: Frances Smith Foster Charles Howard Candler Professor of English & Women's Studies; Associated Faculty in African American Studies and in American Studies, Emory University

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March 2011

A Community-Wide Discussion of Ethics and Race

March 24, 2011 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Mosse Humanities Building, Mills Hall, 455 North Park Street
Madison, 53703 United States

2011 Nellie Y. McKay Lecture in the Humanities: Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University   Professor Gates' talk will deepen the community-wide discussion of ethics and race launched this fall…

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March 2012

Chaining: Theorizing African American Representations of Person and Past

March 22, 2012 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, Room L160, 750 University Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

2012 Nellie Y. McKay Lecture in the Humanities Thadious Davis Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and Professor of English, University of Pennsylvania   In this talk, I am using a term, chaining,…

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March 2013

Democracy in Black: Identity Politics in a Post-Soul Era

March 7, 2013 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, Room L140, 800 University Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

2013 Nellie Y. McKay Lecture: Eddie Glaude, Jr. William S. Tod Professor of Religion and African American Studies, Department of Religion, and Chair, Center for African American Studies, Princeton University   In his lecture, Glaude…

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April 2014

Sushi, Otters, and Mermaids: Race at the Intersection of Food and Animal Studies

April 24, 2014 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, Room L160, 750 University Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

2014 Nellie Y. McKay Lecture in the Humanities: Anne Cheng English and the Center for African American Studies, Princeton University   What do sushi, food, race, and anthropology have to do with each other? Taking…

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October 2014

A Serial Biography of the Wayward

October 9, 2014 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, Room L140, 800 University Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

            2014 Nellie Y. McKay Lecture in the Humanities: Saidiya Hartman Department of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University   Drawing from her new book project, the lecture examines the…

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Workshop with Saidiya Hartman

October 10, 2014 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Workshop in conjunction with 2014 Nellie Y. McKay Lecture in the Humanities:   Saidiya Hartman Department of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University   Informal conversation (9:00-10:30 A.M.) and breakfast (quiche, oatmeal, fruit, and beverages…

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February 2016

If It Were Only the Blues

February 23, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, Room L140, 800 University Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

2016 Nellie Y. McKay Lecture in the Humanities: Earl Lewis Historian, President of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation   Earl Lewis is President of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. A well-regarded social historian, he has been…

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September 2016

Kawaii: Fraught Innocence in Asian (American) Commodity Culture

September 14, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, Room L140, 800 University Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

2016 Nellie Y. McKay Lecture in the Humanities: Christine Yano Professor of Anthropology, University of Hawaii   Pink globalization, the spread of cute goods from Japan to other parts of the world, has been a…

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October 2017

Workshop with Christina Sharpe and Cherene Sherrard-Johnson

October 19, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Workshop: Christina Sharpe English, Tufts University 2017 Nellie Y. McKay Lecturer   In our changing climate, severe storms have become both aberrant and quotidian. Please join us for a conversation about “The Weather” and how…

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BLACK. STILL. LIFE.

October 19, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, Room L140, 800 University Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

2017 Nellie Y. McKay Lecture in the Humanities Christina Sharpe English, Tufts University   In In the Wake, Sharpe interrogates literary, visual, cinematic, and quotidian representations of Black life that comprise what she calls the…

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October 2018

The Insular-Real: Islands, Archipelagoes, and Questions of Scale

October 10, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, Room L140, 800 University Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

2018 Nellie Y. McKay Lecture in the Humanities: Michelle Stephens Professor of English and Latino and Caribbean Studies and Dean of the Humanities, Rutgers University   The question of scale has always been central to…

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February 2020

Currency: Race and the Circulation of the American Ideal

February 26, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, Room L140, 800 University Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Nellie Y. McKay Lecture in the Humanities: Jonathan Holloway

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