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Living Past Living in the Present: A Forum on Ferguson & State Violence with Poets. November 7, 2014

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Living Past Living in the Present:
A Forum on Ferguson & State Violence with Poets

November 7, 2014, 6:00-7:30pm
Cafe SouthSide, 3405 Chicago Ave S

Organized by the IAS Collaborative on Well-Being in the Midwest African Diaspora.

Image:“We black folk, our history and our present being, are a mirror of all the manifold experiences of America…. If America has forgotten her past, then let her look into the mirror of our consciousness and she will see the living past living in the present, for our memories go back, through our black folk of today, through the recollection of our black parents, and through the tales of slavery told by our black grandparents, to the time when none of us black or white” — Richard Wright, Twelve Million Black Voices

A reflection on yet another murder of an unarmed young African American in Ferguson, Missouri demands that we rework the frame. Three poets—Tish Jones, Taiyon Coleman, and Chaun Webster—are our guides to learn how to “see the living past living in the present,” to use Richard Wright’s notion. They will read from their work, and together with the audience, help create an insurgent space that is productive for exchanges of creative energies and ideas, as well as new discoveries.

Cosponsored by African American Research Collective, African American & African Studies, Asian American Studies, Gender & Women’s Studies, Chicano & Latino Studies, History, Political Science, Institute for Advanced Study and Cafe Southside.

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  1. Colm BarryNovember 29, 2014 at 9:10 amReply

    Richard Wright might start with thinking hard about if minority United States should continue to call itself “America”. The largest country on Earth is to the North of it, to the South lieth the rest of North America, then cometh a lot of better racially integrated and “First-Nation-friendly” as well as ex-slave-friendly nations who, when called non-America by virtue of this tiny landmass calling itself America begin to think of banana plantations and other shenanigans. This “throwing its weight around” attitude of the “God-Save-America” faction in all shapes and colors makes me wonder if there’s anybody home in the quarters where intellectual reflection is usually housed in human beings …

    • Aaron Victorin-VangerudDecember 1, 2014 at 10:28 amReplyAuthor

      I think it’s a mistake to suppose that Central and South America have a better track record with respect to racial integration and indigenous people. There’s Argentina’s Conquest of the Desert, the Guatemalan Civil War… Plenty of those countries on this list, plus an IAS collaborative and course last year on human rights violations in the region.

      • Colm BarryDecember 9, 2014 at 2:46 pmReply

        Ok – point taken!

        • Aaron Victorin-VangerudDecember 9, 2014 at 3:41 pmReplyAuthor

          I’m with you on the last remark, anyway.

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