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Dr. Clifton Granby: “Resilient Injustices, Unyielding Resolve”
January 25, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Conseula Francis Emerging Scholar Lecture Series was established to provide a platform for junior faculty in the field of African American Studies to present their scholarship to the College of Charleston campus. On Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 6:00 pm, Dr. Clifton Granby, an assistant professor of Ethics and Philosophy at Yale Divinity School, will be delivering the first of two 2017–18 Conseula Francis Emerging Scholar Lectures. His talk, titled “Resilient Injustices, Unyielding Resolve,” will examine the significance of James Baldwin and Howard Thurman for ongoing struggles against racial, gender, and economic injustice. He reads these two figures as models of self-care, as critics of domination, and as practitioners of freedom. In different ways, each invites us to consider the ways in which our ethical projects of self-formation are bound up with the politics of organizing persons, powers, and interests. In doing so, they wrestle with the tensions between love, power, and justice; the challenges of ignorance, complicity, and social identity; and the difficulty of pursuing lofty ideals while navigating the demands of each day. Since it’s possible to organize better or worse ways of freedom and justice-making, we do well to consider the character of the persons who make such efforts. Dr. Granby’s lecture will illuminate how Baldwin and Thurman equip us to pursue such work with greater sensitivity and care.
This lecture is sponsored by the African American Studies Department at the College of Charleston.