What I Am Thinking About Now: Francoise Hamlin, "Freedom’s Cost: A Casualty of Activism"

CSREA, Lippitt House, 96 Waterman Street

Please join us on Wednesday, April 26, 12-1pm for a "What I Am Thinking About Now" presentation from Francoise Hamlin, Associate Professor of Africana Studies & History at Brown University.

Part of the research for a new book considers the figure of Anne Moody as a black freedom struggle hero, a symbol of activism and trauma through her 1968 autobiography, Coming of Age in Mississippi, but unacknowledged for her later life struggles. This project repositions children and youth at the center of the African American civil rights movements by addressing activism's personal cost, adding dimension to the heroic movement narrative, exposing complicated, multi-layered, and long-term realities. In the seminar I focus on Moody to consider activism, mental health, treatment, and loss to extend civil rights historiography and reveal the challenges of movement-building, while celebrating those who sacrificed so much in the pursuit of freedom and justice.  

RSVP to [email protected]. Snacks and caffeine will be provided.

"What I Am Thinking About Now" is an on-going informal workshop/seminar series to which faculty and graduate students are invited to present and discuss recently published work and work in progress. All are invited to attend and participate.