Wagner College invites you to the inaugural Black History Month Scholar Symposium featuring guest speaker Tricia Rose, professor of Africana Studies at Brown University, on the topic of “Race, Media and Social Justice in the Obama Era,” a discussion of political, social and economic struggles and media representations of blacks in a post-civil rights society, with attention to creative strategies developed by artists, communities and movements to build a more just society.
The program is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 4:30 p.m. in Spiro Hall 2. The lecture is free, and the public is invited.
Rose, a native New Yorker, began her publishing career in 1994 with “Black Noise: Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary America.” The study won an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation and was listed as one of the “Top Books of the 20th Century” by the journal Black Issues in Higher Education (now known as Diverse: Issues in Higher Education).
“Black Noise” was followed in 2003 by “Longing to Tell: Black Women Talk About Sexuality and Intimacy,” one of the only oral histories of black women’s sexuality. “Longing to Tell” was highlighted by an extended profile in the New York Times Sunday Book Review, “Class With the ‘Ph.D. Diva’,” written by culture reporter Felicia Lee.
“She [Rose] has an extraordinary ability to mix social criticism, social history and cultural criticism and an advanced study of aesthetics, and to see how they all fit together,” said George Lipsitz, one of Rose’s Ph.D. advisers, to the Times.
Her most recent book is “The Hip Hop Wars: What We Talk About When We Talk About Hip Hop — and Why It Matters” (2008). And she is currently working on a new book about the future of racial justice in America.
To learn more about Tricia Rose, visit her website.
The Black History Month Scholar Symposium program is sponsored by the Wagner College Provost’s Office, the Co-Curricular Programs Office & Graduate Student Life, and the Center for Intercultural Advancement.