Robin D.G. Kelley’s work explores the history of black radical movements, the location of public intellectual work in contemporary social movements, and the role of the imagination in transformational politics. In this talk he discusses modern jazz in revolutionary times.
Speaker:Robin D. G. Kelley
Speaker's affiliationUniversity of Southern California
Name of SeriesKatz Distinguished Lectures in the Humanities
Sponsoring DepartmentSimpson Center for the Humanities
Event DateTuesday, October 26, 2010
DescriptionA pathbreaking scholar, prolific writer, and engaged intellectual, Robin D.G. Kelley is Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California and author of Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original (2009), Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination (2002), and Race Rebels: Culture Politics and the Black Working Class (1994), among many other authored, co-authored, and co-edited books. Kelley also frequently writes for a wide range of publications, including The Nation, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Callaloo, Social Text, and frieze: contemporary art and culture. Unifying this body of work is Kelley’s central concern with the history of black radical movements, the location of public intellectual work in contemporary social movements, and the role of the imagination in transformational politics. He is currently completing two books, Speaking in Tongues: Jazz and Modern Africa and A World to Gain: A History of African Americans (with Tera Hunter and Earl Lewis).