Critical Tactics Lab | #BlackLivesMatter | Part I: What Do We Do After Marching?

Hosted by:
Nick Mirzoeff and moderated by Marlène Ramírez-Cancio

Thursday, October 29, 2015

6:30-8:30 pm

This was a two-part Critical Tactics Lab series on #BlackLivesMatter. Click here for Part II: "After Mizzou: The University and White Supremacy"

In the year since the police killings of Eric Garner in New York, Michael Brown in Ferguson, Yvette Smith in Texas, Aiyanna Stanley-Jones in Detroit and so many more, we have seen a heartening and unprecedented wave of activism. Led by young people of color, often women, often queer, this activism has claimed the streets across the country and attracted worldwide solidarity. This series asks two related questions: What just happened? And what happens next? Was the wave of activism the beginning of the third phase of the Civil Rights Movement as many have claimed? If so, what are its goals and tactics going forward? How do artists, academics and activists need to work together in pursuit of those goals?

Kerbie Joseph is a first generation Haitian woman from Brooklyn, N.Y., and a proud member of WORD (Women Organized to Resist and Defend). Kerbie has helped to organize and lead the Stop the Cops unity march from the Bronx to Harlem, an initiative of the ANSWER Coalition to stand in solidarity with Trayvon Martin, Ramarley Graham and all police brutality victims. Kerbie is a lead organizer in the Justice for Akai Gurley Family campaign, and spoke at Yale University about women and the prison-industrial complex.

Nicole R. Fleetwood is Associate Professor in the Department of American Studies and Director of the Institute for Research on Women at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. She researches and teaches in the areas of visual culture and media studies, black cultural studies, ethnography, gender theory, and culture and technology studies. Her book On Racial Icons, which is part of Rutgers University Press’s Pinpoint series, will be released in 2015. Currently, she is completing Carceral Aesthetics: Prison Art and Public Culture, a study of prison art and visuality.

Aimee Meredith Cox is a cultural anthropologist and tenured professor of African and African American Studies at Fordham University. She received her PhD in Anthropology from the University of Michigan where she also held a postdoctoral fellowship with the Center for the Education of Women. Dr. Cox’s first book isShapeshifters: Black Girls and the Choreography of Citizenship (Duke University Press, 2015). Dr. Cox trained on scholarship with the Dance Theatre of Harlem, toured extensively as a professional dancer with the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble/Ailey II, and is the founder of The BlackLight Project, a youth- led arts activist organization that operates in Detroit, MI, Newark, NJ and Brooklyn.

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