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

 

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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#LIND20 Events

The Phil Lind Initiative Presents:
Claudia Rankine

Reserve Tickets

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

The moderator for this event is Kaie Kellough, novelist, poet, and sound performer.

Please note:
Ticket holders are requested to arrive at the theatre by 5:50 pm to secure their seat. Please cancel your ticket if you are no longer able to attend. Thank you.

We are not managing a Waitlist in advance but we encourage non-ticket holders to speak to staff at the Waitlist table at the venue to sign up (on a first come, first serve basis).

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 are pleased to present keynote speaker, Ta-Nehisi Coates, author and distinguished writer in residence at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute.

Stay tuned to RSVP!

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 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

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The Phil Lind Initiative Presents:
Ibram X. Kendi

Tuesday, March 17, 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 are pleased to present keynote speaker, Ibram X. Kendi, National Book award-winning historian and author of Stamped From The Beginning.

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.

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The Phil Lind Initiative Presents:
Jesmyn Ward

Tuesday, March 24, 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 are pleased to present keynote speaker, Jesmyn Ward, MacArthur Genius and two-time National Book Award winner.

Stay tuned to RSVP!

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