Race, Gender, and the Politics of Mid-Twentieth Century Literary Celebrity
Talk by Robert Reid-Pharr
WGS Lecture, Thursday, March 2, 5:30 pm
Fong Auditorium, Boylston Hall
Robert Reid-Pharr is Distinguished Professor of English at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. The immediate past Matthiessen Professor at Harvard, he is a founder of the field of black queer studies. His four books include Black Gay Man: Essays; Once You Go Black: Choice, Desire, and the Black American Intellectual; Conjugal Union: The Body, the House, and The Black American; and most recently Archives of Flesh: African America, Spain, and Post-Humanist Critique. His honors include a Guggenheim, the 2002 Publishing Triangle Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction, and fellowships from the NEH and the Mellon Foundation. In 2013, Reid-Pharr became Director of the Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americans and the Caribbean (IRADAC) at CUNY. Currently a Bogliasco Foundation Fellow, Reid-Pharr is writing a book about James Baldwin that makes use of newly-available archives.