The DeSousa-Brent Scholars Program and the 19th annual River Concert Series welcome masters of jazz improvisation Paul Murphy (drums) and Larry Willis (piano) for the opening performance of the River Series Finale Weekend, a jazz and heritage festival. Dominic Fragman ’07, spotlights the congruency of jazz and democracy—the role of improvisation in the expansion of freedom. Murphy and Willis perform a concert of total improvisation with guest performances by poet Jere Carroll and Fragman on drums.
In this talk, Tim Wise examines the ways in which racism in the U.S.—even blatant forms thought to be long buried—are rearing their ugly heads again and threatening the future of American democracy. Heightened police brutality, racial profiling, attempts to limit voting access by people of color, and blatantly racialized anti-immigrant backlash are among the issues explored (and tied together) in this especially timely speech.
As Wise notes, what all of these issues have in common is the white racial anxiety that propels each forward. Aggressive policing of communities of color stems from the racially-paranoid white fear of black and brown crime; restrictions on voting stem from a fear that too many voters of color will elect candidates hostile to conservative white political interests; and anti-immigrant hysteria stems from white fears that “too many” brown folks will spell the end of the “traditional America” that conservative whites have long preferred. Herein, Wise not only demonstrates the ways in which racial apartheid is being resurrected (albeit in a 2.0 form), but explains how believers in multiracial democracy can fight back.
Reception & Book Signing: To follow in the State House
“Unraveling the Knot of Privilege, Power, and Difference”
A lecture by Dr. Allan Johnson
Allan Johnson is an author, novelist, and public speaker who has devoted his working life to understanding the human condition, especially in relation to issues of gender, race, and social class. He earned his B.A. from Dartmouth College in sociology and English and his Ph.D. in sociology at the University of Michigan. Johnson has served on the sociology faculty of Wesleyan University and Hartford College.
He is the author of two novels: The First Thing and the Last, a story of healing and redemption in the aftermath of domestic violence, and Nothing Left to Lose, the story of an American family in crisis during the Vietnam War. His memoir, Not from Here, is a personal exploration of the meaning of being white in North America. It will be published by Temple University Press in June.
Event co-sponsored by the DeSousa-Brent Scholars Program and the Office of the Dean of Students