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Lovable Racists, Magical Negors and White Messiahs Book Talk

Tuesday, November 6, 2018
4:00pm – 6:00pm

Storrs Campus
UConn Bookstore Community Room

Join the Africana Studies Institute as Dr. David Ikard discusses his latest book, Lovable Racists, Magical Negors and White Messiahs. A book signing will follow the discussion

David Ikard is professor of African American and Diaspora Studies at Vanderbilt University. He has authored four books, including Breaking The Silence: Toward a Black Male Feminist Criticism, Nation of Cowards: Black Activism in Barack Obama's Post-Racial America (co-authored with Martell Teasley), Blinded by the Whites: Why Race Still Matters in the 21st Century and Lovable Racists, Magical Negroes, and White Messiahs (2017). In 2013 Nation of Cowards received the Best Scholarly Book Award from the DIOP organization. His essays have appeared in African American Review, MELUS, Palimpsest, African and Black Diaspora Journal, The Journal of Black Studies, and Obsidian III. In 2015 he received the William R. Jones Outstanding Mentor Award from the Florida Education Fund and the McKnight Fellows for his dedication and commitment to mentoring graduate students. He is also a Ford Fellow and a faculty mentor for the Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellowship. His new painting series, entitled “I Am A Man,” extends his scholarly investigations into black masculinity into the creative realm. More specifically, he renders the complexity of black boys and men’s humanity beyond dehumanizing stereotypes to call attention to their social vulnerability and plight.


Amanda Cannada,

Africana Studies Institute (primary), African American Cultural Center, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, el Instituto, Office for Diversity and Inclusion, Political Science, UConn Master Calendar

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