Events and Announcements

September 26, 2019, Brooklyn College: Film and discussionimage001


September 24, 2019, United Nations: Ending Hate Speech Against LGBTI People in Traditional and Social Media

The United Nations LGBTI Core Group is an informal cross regional group of United Nations Member States. They are hosting an event, “Ending Hate Speech Against LGBTI People in Traditional and Social Media: Freedom of Speech vs. License to Hate?,” Tuesday September 24th, 3:00 – 4:30, Conference Room 4.  You must RSVP by 10:00 a.m. September 18th to attend.

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September 18th, 2019, Downtown Brooklyn: Saidiya Hartman Reading

Saidiya Hartman will be reading from her new book next week, Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments on September 18th, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in downtown Brooklyn. You can read a review of her book here:
If you want to go, you need to RSVP on Facebook and by an email to: Here is more information about the event:
And here is the blurb for the book:

In Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments, Saidiya Hartman examines the revolution of black intimate life that unfolded in Philadelphia and New York at the beginning of the twentieth century. Free love, common-law and transient marriages, serial partners, cohabitation outside of wedlock, queer relations, and single motherhood were among the sweeping changes that altered the character of everyday life and challenged traditional Victorian beliefs about courtship, love, and marriage. Hartman narrates the story of this radical social transformation against the grain of the prevailing century-old argument about the crisis of the black family.

In wrestling with the question of what a free life is, many young black women created forms of intimacy and kinship that were indifferent to the dictates of respectability and outside the bounds of law. They cleaved to and cast off lovers, exchanged sex to subsist, and revised the meaning of marriage. Longing and desire fueled their experiments in how to live. They refused to labor like slaves or to accept degrading conditions of work.

Beautifully written and deeply researched, Wayward Lives recreates the experience of young urban black women who desired an existence qualitatively different than the one that had been scripted for them―domestic service, second-class citizenship, and respectable poverty―and whose intimate revolution was apprehended as crime and pathology. For the first time, young black women are credited with shaping a cultural movement that transformed the urban landscape. Through a melding of history and literary imagination, Wayward Lives recovers their radical aspirations and insurgent desires. 67 black and white illustrations.”


April 4, 2019–this show ends April 13th

Isaac Julien: Lessons of the Hour–Frederick Douglass, March 8 – April 13, 2019, METRO PICTURES, 519 WEST 24TH STREET, NEW YORK, NY 10011

September 26th, 2018

Holly Brewer, “Slavery-entangled philosophy: John Locke took part in administering the slave-owning colonies. Does that make him, and liberalism itself, hypocritical?”

August 13th, 2018:

Watch a short orientation about what the Magner Career Center center offers students: