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Sunday, March 25 • 9:00am - 11:00am
Black Women Musicians & the Urban Avant Garde

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Daphne Brooks, “‘One of These Mornings, You’re Gonna Rise up Singing’: The Secret Black Feminist History of the Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess

Farah Jasmine Griffin, “Playing through the Changes: Mary Lou Williams’ Manhattan”

Salamishah Tillet, “Bethlehem, Boardwalks, and the City of Brotherly Love: Nina Simone’s Pre-Civil Rights Aesthetic”

Jayna Brown, “After the End of the World: Afro Diasporan Feminism
and Alternative Dimensions of Sound”

Moderator and Respondent: Imani Perry


Daphne A. Brooks

Daphne A. Brooks is professor of English and African American Studies at Princeton University. She is the author of Bodies in Dissent: Spectacular Performances of Race and Freedom (Duke UP, 2006), Jeff Buckley’s Grace (Continuum, 2005), as well as the liner notes for Take A Look... Read More →

Jayna Brown

Jayna Brown is associate professor of Ethnic Studies at UC Riverside. She is the author of Babylon Girls: Black Women Performers and the Shaping of the Modern (Duke University Press, 2008), as well as numerous articles on race, gender, global sound and post-coloniality. She is also... Read More →

Farah Jasmine Griffin

Farah Jasmine Griffin is professor of English and Comparative Literature and African-American Studies at Columbia University. She is the author of “Who Set You Flowin’?:” The African-American Migration Narrative (Oxford University Press, 1995); If You Can’t Be Free, Be a Mystery... Read More →

Imani Perry

Imani Perry is professor of African American Studies at Princeton University. She is the author of Prophets of the Hood: Politics and Poetics in Hip Hop (Duke University Press, 2004), More Beautiful and More Terrible: The Embrace and Transcendence of Racial Inequality in the United... Read More →

Salamishah Tillet

Salamishah Tillet is assistant professor of English and Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of Sites of Slavery: Citizenship and Racial Democracy in the Post-Civil Rights Imagination (Duke University Press, 2012), co-editor of the forthcoming Seems... Read More →

Sunday March 25, 2012 9:00am - 11:00am EDT
NYU’s Helen and Martin Kimmel Center for University Life (KC) 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012

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