Thinking While Black

Lind Initiative 2020 | January - April, 2020

Thinking While Black

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. This 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?

This series was designed by a committee of UBC scholars. The Phil Lind 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.

Each of the public events held at UBC Vancouver is free to attend. Tickets will be available approximately a month before each event.

Subscribe to our Phil Lind Initiative Newsletter for updates on when tickets will be released.

Artwork Credit: Sandra Brewster

Important Notice – March 2020:

Out of increased public health concerns around the coronavirus (COVID-19), we regret to inform you that we have postponed our final Thinking While Black series events with Ibram X. Kendi and Jesmyn Ward. We will update this page once new dates have been confirmed. Thank you for your understanding.

Series 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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Series Moderators

Kaie Kellough

Kaie Kellough

Novelist, Poet, and Sound Performer

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Sara Ghebremusse

Sara Ghebremusse

Assistant Professsor, Peter A. Allard School of Law, UBC

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Junie Désil

Junie Désil

Poet

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El Jones

El Jones

Spoken Word Poet, Educator, Journalist, and Community Activist

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Canisia Lubrin

Canisia Lubrin

Writer, Editor, Critic and Teacher

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#LIND20 Events

The Phil Lind Initiative Presents:
Claudia Rankine

Wednesday, January 15, 2020
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Venue: Frederic Wood Theatre, UBC, 6354 Crescent Rd, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2. Please find a map to the theatre here.

The Phil Lind Initiative 2020 series explores the theme of “Thinking While Blackin Term 2 at UBC.

We were pleased to present keynote speaker, Claudia Rankine, New York Times Bestselling Poet, MacArthur “Genius” award recipient and Professor at Yale University.

Title: “It’s What You Say: Language & Violence in the Space of the Encounter”

This event was moderated by Kaie Kellough, novelist, poet, and sound performer.

WATCH A RECORDING OF THE MODERATED DISCUSSION

The Phil Lind Initiative Presents:
Ta-Nehisi Coates

Tuesday, February 11, 2020
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Venue: Chan Centre Concert Hall, The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, 6265 Crescent Rd, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1. Find a map to the theatre here.

The Phil Lind Initiative 2020 series explores the theme of “Thinking While Blackin Term 2 at UBC.

We were pleased to present keynote speaker, Ta-Nehisi Coates, author, MacArthur ‘Genius’ grant winner, and distinguished writer in residence at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute.

This event was moderated by Sara Ghebremusse, Assistant Professsor, Peter A. Allard School of Law, UBC.

The Phil Lind Initiative Presents:
Roxane Gay

Tuesday, February 25, 2020
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Venue: Chan Centre Concert Hall, The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, 6265 Crescent Rd, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1. Find a map to the theatre here. The Chan Centre is wheelchair accessible.

The Phil Lind Initiative 2020 series explores the theme of “Thinking While Blackin Term 2 at UBC.

We are pleased to present keynote speaker, Roxane Gay, best-selling author, cultural critic, and host of the Hear to Slay podcast.

Title: “Roxane Gay: with One N”

This event will be moderated by poet Junie Désil.

Please Note: The recording was posted for 45 days and removed on April 21, 2020.

The Phil Lind Initiative Presents:
Ibram X. Kendi

POSTPONED

POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19 – We will update this page once a new date has been confirmed in fall 2020. Thank you for your understanding.

The Phil Lind Initiative 2020 series explores the theme of “Thinking While Blackin Term 2 at UBC.

We are pleased to present keynote speaker, Ibram X. Kendi, National Book award-winning historian and author of Stamped From The Beginning.

This event will be moderated by El Jones, spoken word poet, an educator, journalist, and community activist.

Title: “How to Be an Antiracist”

When the first Black president headed into the White House, Americans were imagining their nation as colorblind and went so far as to call it post-racial. With the arrival of Donald Trump many people are awakening and seeing racial reality for the first time. With opened minds, people are actively trying to understand racism. In this deeply personal and empowering lecture, Kendi shifts the discussion from how not to be racist, to how to be an antiracist. He shares his own racist ideas and how he overcame them. He provides direction to people and institutions who want more than just band-aid programs, but actual antiracist action that builds an antiracist America.

Please note: No public live stream or video recording will be available for this event.

The Phil Lind Initiative Presents:
Jesmyn Ward

POSTPONED

POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19 – We will update this page once a new date has been confirmed in fall 2020. Thank you for your understanding.

The Phil Lind Initiative 2020 series explores the theme of “Thinking While Blackin Term 2 at UBC.

We are pleased to present keynote speaker, Jesmyn Ward, MacArthur Genius and two-time National Book Award winner.

This event will be moderated by Canisia Lubrin, a writer, editor, critic and teacher.

Please note: No live stream will be available for this event. A video recording of the Q&A portion will be posted on this page upon approval.

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