2014-2015 Speakers Series

Speakers Series | The Center for Africanamerican Urban Studies and the Economy presents:

Dr. Kwame Holmes
CAUSE Postdoctoral Fellow, Carnegie Mellon University
“’I Am Not a Closet Candidate For Mayor:’ Marion Barry, Gay Liberalism and Post-racial Politics in a Chocolate City, 1978-1983”
Refreshments 4:30, Lecture & Discussion 5 - 6:30 p.m.
Friday, May 1, 2015
Giant Eagle Auditorium (Baker Hall A-51)
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Throughout his tenure as “mayor for life” of Washington, D.C, Marion Barry was nationally recognized as a prototypical black urban nationalist, known for his fierce defense of black “home rule” in the nation’s capital. However, a closer examination of his first successful mayoral campaign, and the early years of his first administration reveals that gay politics, and a broad attention to the concerns of middle class liberals across the color line, shaped the campaign rhetoric and legislative agenda of his administration far more than his history as a civil rights and black nationalist organizer would indicate. Through an examination of his intimate relationship with gay politics, and the simultaneous delegitimization of “homophobic” black nationalism in the District's political culture, this talk frames the early Barry years as a signpost for the rise of “post-racial” politics in majority black cities.

XXth annual E.P. Thompson Memorial Lecture

Joe W. Trotter, Jr.
Carnegie Mellon University

“‘The History That Doesn't Go Away’: African American Urban Life and Labor Since the Atlantic Slave Trade”

Joe William Trotter, Jr. is Giant Eagle Professor of History and Social Justice at Carnegie Mellon University and Director of the Center for Africanamerican Urban Studies and the Economy (CAUSE). His books include Black Milwaukee: The Making of an Industrial Proletariat, 1915-45 (University of Illinois Press, 1985); Coal, Class, and Color: Blacks in Southern West Virginia, 1915-32 (University of Illinois Press, 1990); River Jordan: African American Urban Life in the Ohio Valley (University Press of Kentucky, 1998); and (with Jared Day) Race and Renaissance: African Americans in Pittsburgh since World War II (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2010). He is currently completing a synthesis of black urban workers from the colonial era to the present, from which his lecture will be drawn.

Thursday, April 3, 2014, 7:30 pm
157 Benedum Hall
3700 O'Hara Street
University of Pittsburgh Oakland campus

For more information contact:
Marcus Rediker
Department of History
(412) 648-7477
marcusrediker@yahoo.com

Panel - "Reunion: Reflections on the Pittsburgh Civil Rights Movement"

Sponsored by: CAUSE, Black Graduate Students Organization

Three veterans of the Pittsburgh Civil Rights Movement, including author, Dr. Ralph Proctor, will share memories of the Pittsburgh movement, the targets, the demonstrations, the methodology and the results. They will also share whether they think Pittsburgh has changed, as a result of the Movement, and whether changes were permanent or temporary. Ample time will be allowed for questions and answers.

Friday, March 21, 2014
Reception 5:30pm
Panel discussion 6:00-7:30pm
Hamburg Hall 1000

Contact Hikari Aday (412) 268-8928 for details about the event.