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TACKLING THE MOST URGENT
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Thinking While Black

#LIND20 | January – April, 2020

Blackness as a form, concept and experience, has fundamentally shaped American iconographies, language, media, and cultural productions. This series invites us to consider Blackness as both a culture and a mode of thinking. The series will meditate on the structures of race in North America and will spotlight the seemingly disconnected forms of racial violence that hide in plain sight. How, despite shifts in rhetoric and political policy, have so many forms of racial violence persisted? How, we ask, can we rethink ourselves by understanding our relations to blackness?

The Phil Lind Initiative 2020 series at UBC will explore these questions and more, with visits from foremost intellectuals including Claudia Rankine, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Roxane Gay, Ibram X. Kendi, and Jesmyn Ward. Each of the public events held at UBC Vancouver is free to attend.

The Phil Lind Initiative is hosted by the UBC School of Public Policy and Global Affairs. The initiative’s mandate is to invite prominent US scholars, writers, and intellectuals to UBC to share ideas with students, faculty, and the wider community on some of the most urgent issues of our time.

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GPP 591 Lind Initiative Seminar

Led by Dr. Phanuel Antwi, Assistant Professor, UBC Department of English Language and Literatures, this series of lectures, panels, and workshops asks how Blackness manifests in often unconnected guises that can be tracked through the event of racial violence, and what can be done about it.

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#LIND20 SPEAKERS

Claudia Rankine

Claudia Rankine

New York Times Bestselling Poet, MacArthur "Genius" Award Recipient, National Book Critics Circle Award Winner; Professor, Yale University

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Ta-Nehisi Coates

Ta-Nehisi Coates

Author; Distinguished writer in residence at NYU's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute

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Roxane Gay

Roxane Gay

Best-selling Author, Cultural Critic; Host of Hear to Slay Podcast

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Ibram X. Kendi

Ibram X. Kendi

National Book Award-winning historian and author of Stamped From The Beginning

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Jesmyn Ward

Jesmyn Ward

MacArthur Genius and two-time National Book Award winner

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