Wolf Humanities Center’s Forum on Afterlives launches on September 27th with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Colson Whitehead in conversation with Penn associate professor of English and Africana Studies Salamishah Tillet.
Few novelists have written so inventively or across such a wide narrative range as has Colson Whitehead about what Sadiya Hartman called the “afterlife of slavery.” From his first novel, The Intuitionist, which treated racial struggle and uplift in terms of competing theories of elevator maintenance, to his most recent and widely acclaimed Underground Railroad, in which runaway slaves are smuggled northward on actual subterranean trains, Whitehead has found new ways to animate painful and enduring themes of American culture. Join us as Penn Professor Salamishah Tillet engages with one of our country’s great writers on the afterlives of slavery. Book signing to follow.
The event is free and open to the public.
Pre-registration requested: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/colson-whitehead-ghosts-zombies-and-the-afterlives-of-slavery-tickets-36753141636
Cosponsored by the Center for Africana Studies and Departments of Africana Studies and English.