Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Kirby Hall of Civil Rights - 104
Dr. Nathan Connolly, the Herbert Baxter Adams Associate Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University and Yarimar Bonilla, Assoc. Professor of Anthropology and Caribbean Studies at Rutgers University

Professor Connolly writes about racism, capitalism, politics, and the built environment in the twentieth century. His work pays special attention to people's overlapping understandings of property rights and civil rights in the United States and the wider Americas. Current work includes a new book-length project entitled, Four Daughters: An America Story. This collective biography covers four generations of a single family, following the lives of four women of color whose forbearers migrated from the Caribbean to the United States by way of Britain between the 1930s and 1990s. A genuinely Atlantic history, Four Daughters explores how immigrants of color and their children defined success in America during and after second-wave feminism, the civil rights movement, "right to work" politics, and the War on Drugs.

Apart from publishing in scholarly venues, Professor Connolly contributes frequently to public debates, including regular contributions on WGBH Boston’s Here & Now, commentary for the New York Times, and as a co-host on the weekly podcast BackStory

Professor Bonilla will be presenting The Unthinkable State: Race, Citizenship and Nation in Puerto Rico, USA."  Following the passage of Hurricane Maria, much attention has turned to the territorial status of Puerto Rico and its place in the US nation. This talk will examine how and why Puerto Rico was constituted as a US territory and how contemporary residents construct and make sense of their US citizenship: its possibilities, its contradictions, and its disappointments.


Sponsored by: 
Africana Studies Program and the Office of the Provost

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Robert Blunt