Robin Kelley Presents “The Two Souths of ’68: Remembering Revolution in Hard Times”

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., October 30, 2018—Williams College will host a talk with leading scholar of African American history, politics, and culture, Robin D.G. Kelley on “The Two Souths of ’68: Remembering Revolution in Hard Times.” The talk, which is free and open to the public, will be held Thursday, Nov. 15, at 4:15 p.m. in Griffin Hall, room 3. A book signing will follow.

In his talk Kelley will consider the two Souths (U.S. and Global South) and seek to explain how we got to where we are now, what we lost with the ’68 generation, and the defeat of revolutionary insurgencies. He will challenge the narrative that the “movement” shifted from South to the North in 1965 with the Southern question, invoking the radical revolutionary movements which erupted in places such as Mississippi and Louisiana that looked similar to movements happening in Latin America, Jamaica, Palestine, and Mozambique. Kelley will also explore how these radical movements in the South were defeated and the consequences of that defeat.

Robin D. G. Kelley is the Distinguished Professor and Gary B. Nash Endowed Chair in U.S. History at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has conducted extensive research exploring the history of social movements in the U.S., the African Diaspora, and Africa, looking specifically at black intellectuals, music, and visual culture. He is the author of works including, Hammer and Hoe and Race Rebels, Yo’ Mama’s DisFunktional: Fighting the Culture Wars in Urban America, Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination, Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original, and Africa Speaks, America Answers!: Modern Jazz in Revolutionary Times. Kelley holds a B.A. from California State University, Long Beach, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in African history and U.S. history from the University of California, Los Angeles.

This event will be held as part of a yearlong series on Race and Democracy sponsored by the W. Ford Schumann ’50 Program in Democratic Studies, with support from the Lecture Committee, American Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and Africana Studies.


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