Sept. 25-26: UCLA Scholar, Author to Present 32nd Annual Black Experiences Lecture

Kyle T. Mays, assistant professor of African American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), will present Bucknell’s 32nd Annual Black Experiences Lecture with a free, public talk entitled “‘We Still Here’: Indigenous Hip Hop, Resisting (settler) Colonialism, and the Politics of Possibility” on Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. in the Elaine Langone Center Forum.

There will also be a a lunchtime colloquium with Mays on Wednesday, Sept. 26 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Willard Smith Library, Room 125, Vaughn Literature Building.  Please RSVP to Martha Shaunessy at mshaunes@bucknell.edu or 570-577-1360 by Sept. 17 if you plan to attend and would like to have lunch at the event. Mays will discuss “Black Belonging, Indigenous Sovereignty: Black and Indigenous Encounters in Unexpected Places.”

Mays is a transdisciplinary scholar and public intellectual of indigenous studies, critical ethnic studies and indigenous popular culture. He is author of the book Hip Hop Beats, Indigenous Rhymes: Modernity and Hip Hop in Indigenous North America (SUNY series, Native Traces), which explores how indigenous hip-hop artists challenge settler colonialism and construct modern, indigenous identities through hip-hop culture. Also working on two future books, Mays’ talk will examine how race, settler colonialism and gender operate among today’s indigenous hip-hop artists in four locations across the Americas: Detroit, Michigan, Oaxaca City, Mexico, Toronto, Ontario and Winnipeg, Manitoba.

The event is co-sponsored by The Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Gender and the University Lectureship Committee.

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