Center for Brooklyn History Talks - Black Protest, Black Art: Written Word

December 2, 2021, 6:30 PM

Join us for the final discussion in the Center for Brooklyn History and NYU’s 370 Jay Project’s three-part series exploring the expression of Black protest through the arts. This conversation focuses on the written word and welcomes essayist and novelist Morgan Jerkins and poet Joshua Bennett. They discuss the ways their works give voice to the Black experience and make real our long and deep history of structural racism. The series is moderated by Jesse McCarthy, author of Who Will Pay Reparations on My Soul? Register here.

Black Protest, Black Art is a collaboration of CBH and the 370 Jay Project, NYU’s Brooklyn-based center for art, technology and innovation. It is presented in connection with Center for Brooklyn History’s public history initiative Brooklyn Resists. To register for the other programs in the series click here.

Joshua Bennett is a Professor of English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth. He is the author of four books of poetry and criticism: The Sobbing School —winner of the National Poetry Series and a finalist for an NAACP Image Award—as well as Being Property Once Myself, Owed, and The Study of Human Life. In 2021, he received a Guggenheim Fellowship in American Literature and a Whiting Award for Poetry and Nonfiction. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

Morgan Jerkins is the New York Times bestselling author of This Will Be My Undoing, Wandering In Strange Lands, and most recently, Caul Baby: a Novel. She's the Senior Culture Editor at ESPN's The Undefeated. Her short-form work has been featured in the New Yorker, the New York Times, the AtlanticRolling Stone, Elle, Esquire, and the Guardian.

Jesse McCarthy is Assistant Professor in the departments of English and of African and African American Studies at Harvard University. His articles and reviews are published or forthcoming in Transposition, African American Review, and NOVEL and he is a contributor to Richard Wright in Context, Ralph Ellison in Context (forthcoming), and The Cambridge Companion to the Essay as well as a new introduction for the Norton Library edition of W.E.B. Du Bois’s The Souls of Black Folk and an introduction for a new edition of Vincent O. Carter’s The Bern Book. He is the author of the collection of essays Who Will Pay Reparations on My Soul? and a novel, The Fugitivities.