St. Paul, Minn. – “Experimental Blackness: When “Black” and “Post-Black” Meet” is the title of Professor Margo Natalie Crawford’s talk as the keynote speaker for this year’s Mahmoud El-Kati Distinguished Lectureship. The lecture, at 7 p.m., Friday, November 3, in Kagin Ballroom, is free and open to the public. Call 651-696-6410 for more information.

Dr. Stanley M. Berry ’75, Mr. Bertram M. Days ’74 and Ms. Ava B. Days established the lectureship to honor Professor El-Kati’s career as a lecturer, writer and commentator on the African American experience.

For 33 years, from 1970 to 2003, Professor El-Kati taught many generations of Macalester students in courses such as “The Black Experience Since World War II,” and “Sports and the African American Community.” As a faculty member, he conveyed the importance of giving back to local communities while paying serious attention to African American history. He was also a champion for increasing the diversity of the student body and for making multiculturalism central to the college’s curriculum.

El-Kati has been a frequent contributor to the opinion pages of both Twin Cities’ dailies, the local black press, Minnesota Public Radio, and a host of community-based conferences and events.

Margo Natalie Crawford is a professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania. Crossing boundaries between literature, visual art, and cultural movements, her scholarship opens up new ways of understanding black radical imaginations. Her other research interests include performance studies, queer theory, comparative ethnic studies, radical feminism, and transnational modernism.

Her latest book is Black Post-Blackness: The Black Arts Movement and Twenty-First-Century Aesthetics (2017). She is now completing What is African American Literature? which shows how tensions between the material and ephemeral make the textual production of African American literature become the textual production of black affect.

 

October 30 2017

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