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Byline: Kina Viola

Black Americans gathering


Prof. to speak on Black print culture and democracy

At this year’s Invitational Lecture for the Society for the Humanities, “Defining Democracy: How Black Print Culture Shaped America, Then and Now,” associate professor of literatures in English Derrick Spires will counter the racist notion that little to no Black print culture existed before the Civil War.
Marisa Parham


Parham to deliver lecture on African American Digital Humanities

Parham’s Digital Humanities Lecture, set to take place online April 28, will discuss what might be made possible at the intersection between Black expressive traditions, digital humanities, and electronic literature, with an eye to describing the chain of interactions that link theory to practice.
 Noliwe Rooks, Professor of Africana studies and feminist, gender and sexuality studies


Rooks to give talk on ‘underside’ of cannabis legalization

This talk has been cancelled and will be rescheduled at a later date.

 Image of Lady Liberty with children tugging on her gown


Political theorist, feminist scholar to lecture Feb. 18

Image provided/ This image is based on archived work at from the Wages for Housework Campaign, a feminist movement of the 1970s.

In the 1970s, what Marx and Engel satirized as the most “infamous proposal of the communists,” the abolition of the family, became the most scandalous demand of feminists.  

 Composite image from NASA showing the glacier disappearing


Anthropologists to speak on climate change

How can we illustrate the gravity of climate change? Is it possible to grasp such a loss? Rice University anthropologists Cymene Howe and Dominic Boyer, working to humanize the abstract concept of climate change and provide opportunities for dialogue, will deliver a free public lecture, “Of Flood and Ice,” on Wednesday Nov. 13 at 4:30 p.m. at the A.D. White House.

 agriculture and clouds and a power plant


Conference spotlights ‘Energy Humanities’

On the brink of ecological collapse, how do we think, write and speak about the various forms of energy we encounter? The Society for the Humanities’ annual fall conference, Oct. 18 and 19, will examine the human relationship to energy in its myriad forms.