Monday, January 4, 2010

Reframing the Color Line: MLK Symposium Event at the Clements Library, January 18, 2010

On January 18, as part of the University of Michigan's 24th Annual MLK Symposium, the Clements Library will be hosting a discussion in conjunction with the current exhibit, Reframing the Color Line: Race and the Visual Culture of the Atlantic World.

MLK Symposium Event: Reframing the Color Line: Race and Visual Culture
January 18, 2010 4:00 pm
Location: William L. Clements Library, 909 S. University Avenue
Speaker: Martha S. Jones, History and Afroamerican & African Studies; Kristin Hass, American Culture

An exploration of racism as portrayed and challenged in American public culture. How do we critically understand contemporary representations of African Americans and “reframe” them with ideas that counter racism and enhance our understandings of identities, difference, and power? How do sites of public memory shape our shared understandings? The discussion is held in conjunction with the Clements Library exhibit, “Reframing the Color Line: Race and the Visual Culture of the Atlantic World,” curated by Clayton Lewis, Curator of Graphics, and Martha S. Jones, Associate Professor of History and Afroamerican & African Studies.

Free and open to the public. Reception follows.

Sponsored by the William L. Clements Library, Department of History, Center for Afroamerican & African Studies, and the Dean’s Office, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.

To learn more about the issues explored in this exhibit, see Professor Martha S. Jones' recent article, "Reframing the Color Line: Clements Library's exhibit delves into origins of racial prejudice in American visual culture." The exhibit will be in the Main Room of the Clements Library until February 19, 2010.

UPDATE: has posted a review of the exhibit by John Carlos CantĂș: "Clements exhibit explores visual roots of racist stereotypes," January 4, 2010.

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