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Saturday, March 24 • 11:15am - 12:45pm
Street Dreams: Blackness on the Move

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Adrienne Brown, “Rehearing Hip-Hop Automotivity”

Francisco Robles, “’This bitter earth may not be so bitter after all’:
Political Promise and Sonic Geography in Killer of Sheep and We Insist! Max Roach’s Freedom Now Suite

Sonya Posmentier, “City Streets, Country Roads: Zora Neale Hurston’s Moving Sound”

Moderator: Alexandra T. Vazquez


Adrienne Brown

Adrienne Brown is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Chicago. Her work analyzes the sonic and spatial dimensions of books, buildings, and forms of belonging. She is working on a book recovering the skyscraper’s central role in American social and aesthetic perception in the early 20th century. Her article on music in HBO’s The Wire was published in Criticism this summer.   Abstract: | | "Rehearing Hip-Hop... Read More →

Sonya Posmentier

Sonya Posmentier is a PhD candidate in the Department of English at Princeton University. Her dissertation, Cultivation and Catastrophe, explores poetic, musical, and visual responses to social and environmental disaster, from Claude McKay to Bessie Smith to Treme. Her work is forthcoming in American Literature.   Abstract: | | "City Streets, Country Roads: Zora Neale Hurston's Moving Sound" What does catastrophe sound like? Musicians... Read More →

Francisco Robles

Francisco E. Robles is a PhD candidate in Princeton University’s English Department. His dissertation delves into the democratic methodologies, radical representational tactics, and musical styles of Odetta, Lydia Mendoza, and Woody Guthrie, exploring how they enable readers to rehear(se) political praxis in works by Zora Neale Hurston, John Steinbeck, Sandra Cisneros, and Toni Morrison.   Abstract: | | "'This bitter earth may... Read More →

Alexandra T. Vazquez

Alexandra T. Vazquez is an assistant professor in the Center for African American Studies and the Department of English at Princeton University. She is the author of Listening in Detail: Performances of Cuban Music and, with Ela Troyano, a coeditor of La Lupe: Queen of Latin Soul. She has published in women and performance, The Journal for Popular Music Studies, Social Text, and the books Reggaeton and Pop When the World Falls... Read More →

Saturday March 24, 2012 11:15am - 12:45pm
NYU’s Helen and Martin Kimmel Center for University Life (KC) 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012