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Friday, April 21 • 11:15am - 1:15pm
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Lucy Caplan, “‘Aida Going Dixie’: Race, Casting, and Collaborative Protest”
Michael Millner, “Black Sounds in the Silver Factory”
Jerome Dotson, “‘Elijah’s Got a Plan’: The Nation of Islam, Protest and 80s and 90s Hip-Hop”
Diana Buendia, “Against a Generalizing Universal: How the Music of Nicolas Jaar, Helado Negro, and Elysia Crampton Warp the ‘Latin Music’ Label”


Tavia Nyong’o

Tavia Nyong’o is Professor of African-American, American Studies and Theatre Studies at Yale University. His first book, The Amalgamation Waltz: Race, Performance, and the Ruses of Memory (Minnesota, 2009), won the Errol Hill Award for best book in African American theatre and performance studies. He is completing a study of fabulation in contemporary black art and performance, and is the author or numerous articles on performance, politics and music... Read More →


Diana Buendía

Diana Buendía is from Guayaquil, Ecuador. She moved to the U.S. to get her undergraduate degree in American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and a graduate degree in Arts Journalism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She lives in Los Angeles and works in film. Through her work she studies the hegemonic tensions between the U.S. and Latin America and the way related narratives refract back through media... Read More →

Lucy Caplan

Twitter | | Lucy Caplan is a PhD candidate in American Studies and African American Studies at Yale. Her dissertation focuses on opera and blackness during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. While at Yale, Lucy also earned a master’s concentration in Public Humanities, and she has held internships and fellowships at Boston Lyric Opera, the Beinecke Library, the West End Museum, and the Cambridge Historical Society. She is the recipient of the 2016 Rubin Prize for Music Criticism... Read More →

Jerome Dotson

Jerome Dotson is an assistant professor in the Africana Studies program at the University of Arizona. He earned his PhD in U.S. History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Currently, he is working on a book manuscript, which examines race, diet, and body politics in the African diaspora... Read More →
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Michael Millner

Twitter | | Michael Millner frequently works at the intersection of popular culture and political theory in the 19th and 20th centuries. His short essays and reviews have appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, First of the Month, and other arts and culture outlets. His longer academic essays can be found in Arizona Quarterly, American Quarterly, ESQ, and other journals... Read More →

Friday April 21, 2017 11:15am - 1:15pm
Demo Lab MoPOP, 325 5th Avenue N, Seattle, WA 98109