Location and Address
602 Cathedral of Learning
Speaker: Vaughn Rasberry (Stanford University)
Vaughn Rasberry studies African American literature, global Cold War culture, postcolonial theory, and philosophical theories of modernity. As a Fulbright scholar in 2008-09, he taught in the American Studies department at the Humboldt University Berlin and lectured on African American literature throughout Germany. His new book, Race and the Totalitarian Century: Geopolitics in the Black Literary Imagination (Harvard University Press) questions the notion that desegregation prompted African American writers and activists to acquiesce in the normative claims of postwar liberalism. Challenging accounts that portray black cultural workers in various postures of reaction to larger forces--namely U.S. liberalism or Soviet communism--his project argues instead that many writers were involved in a complex national and global dialogue with totalitarianism, a defining geopolitical discourse of the twentieth century.
This lecture is free and open to the public with a reception to follow. Copies of Race and the Totalitarian Century: Geopolitics in the Black Literary Imagination will be available for purchase and signing.
Vaughn Rasberry is Assistant Professor to Stanford University Department of English. He will be discussing and reading portions of his book "Race and the Totalitarian Century: Geopolitics in the Black Literary Imagination" during this public lecture.