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The Invitational Lecture in the Humanities

October 7, 2010

"Black Culture Matters: Black Cultural Debates in a Color Blind Nation" 

Pembroke Hall 305

The debates over the existence, meaning and value of black culture span multiple centuries and disciplines. What is at stake here and how does this matter shape contemporary US society? 

Speaker Tricia Rose, Brown professor and chair of Africana Studies and author of Hip Hop Wars: What We Talk About When We Talk About Hip Hop--and Why It Matters, is primarily interested in African-American culture and the social and political significance of its creation, dissemination and evaluation. She is also interested in gender issues and the complex ways that sexuality and gender shape and reflect both the concerns of African-Americans and the circumstances they face in modern American life.

Prof. Rose specializes in 20th century African-American culture and politics, social thought, popular culture and gender issues. She is the author of Black Noise: Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary America (1994) and Longing to Tell: Black Women Talk About Sexuality and Intimacy (2003). Black Noise won several awards including an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation. She has been awarded such prestigious fellowships as the Princeton University's Afro-American Rockefeller Postdoctoral Fellowship and the American Association of University Women Fellowship.

The Invitational Lecture in the Humanities is an annual event in which a prominent member of the Brown University faculty considers pressing issues in the humanities, issues of importance to scholarship and to the world at large. This occasion gives the university and the community an opportunity to learn from our most distinguished colleagues, many of whom have more regular opportunities to speak off campus than at Brown.

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