Writing Black Lives


Friday, October 11, 2019, 4:15pm to 7:00pm


Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138


 Writing Black Lives

Friday, October 11 | 4:15 PM

Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138


The authors Tomiko Brown-Nagin, Imani Perry, and Robert Reid-Pharr will join in conversation to discuss how their work as biographers speaks to key contemporary discussions about black politics, community, identity, and life.

Perry will consider her recent book, Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry, while Reid-Pharr and Brown-Nagin will share perspectives from their own research, writing, and forthcoming books on, respectively, James Baldwin and Constance Baker Motley.



  • Introduction by Robin Bernstein, Dillon Professor of American History and professor of African and African American studies and studies of women, gender, and sexuality
  • Tomiko Brown-Nagin, dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study; Daniel P.S. Paul Professor of Constitutional Law, Harvard Law School; professor of history, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences
  • Imani Perry, Hughes-Rogers Professor of African American Studies and faculty associate in the Program in Law and Public Affairs and the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies, Princeton University
  • Robert Reid-Pharr, professor of studies of women, gender, and sexuality and of African American studies, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences


The event is free and open to the public. We encourage you to share this invitation with people you know who may be interested.


The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University is dedicated to creating and sharing transformative ideas across the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences. Learn more about the people and programs of the Radcliffe Institute at www.radcliffe.harvard.edu.

See also: 2019