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Please join us for our first Higgins Faculty talk of the year, as Asha Best (Geography) presents Urban and Unruly next Thursday.
Higgins Faculty Series
Urban and Unruly
Thursday, November 14 at 4:30 p.m.
Higgins Lounge at Dana Commons
36 Maywood Street, Worcester, MA 01603
What does it mean to be urban? How might the everyday lives of Black women provide an archive for understanding the city? Clark University professor Asha Best (Geography) is an urbanist whose teaching and research bring together interdisciplinary perspectives in black studies, post-colonial studies, urban geographies, and mobilities studies. In this talk, she will consider everyday practices, desires, styles, and ways of being that often fall outside the traditional scope of urban studies. Engaging a range of Black women artists and intellectuals, from bell hooks and June Jordan to Mickalene Thomas and Ebony G. Patterson, she will explore how the intimacies of Black urban life foster robust ways of understanding place and place-making. Focusing on working-class communities in particular, Best will show how unruly women imagine and script livable urban worlds.
This event is part of the Higgins Faculty Series and is co-sponsored by the Higgins School of Humanities; Africana Studies; the Graduate School of Geography; Urban Development and Social Change; and Women’s and Gender Studies at Clark University.