The Humanities Center Recommendation List - BLM Edition

The Humanities Center Recommendation List - BLM Edition

June 5, 2020


Here are a few of our recommendations, Black Lives Matter edition.

Songs of Black Lives Matter: 22 New Protest Anthems

From Beyoncé to Blood Orange, hear how musicians have added their voices to the growing movement, as selected by Rolling Stone Magazine.


Listen to Rev. Dr. Christopher Carter (Assistant Professor, Theology and Religious Studies) and Dr. Seth Schoen on the Trauma of Structural Racism, recorded at Yale Divinity School.


Titus Kaphar is an American artist and MacArthur Fellow whose work examines the history of representation. Hear his Ted Talk, Can Art Amend History? And listen to his interview on NPR. Titus created the June 15, 2020 cover of Time Magazine.


Readings on Racism, White Supremacy, and Police Violence in America: Looking Back in Order to Move Forward

Read a selection of essays –  historical, personal, political—that explore what it means to be Black in a country founded in white supremacy and racial injustice.


Black Is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame Brathwaite

It was a time when people were protesting injustices related to race, class, and human rights around the globe. Kwame uses her gift to inspire thought, relay ideas, and tell stories of our struggle, our work, our liberation. Exhibited at the Museum of the African Diaspora.


Kimberlé Crenshaw speaks on Race, Gender, Inequality and Intersectionality as part of a lecture series, Race Today: A Symposium on Race in America, by respected intellectuals on race, racial theory and racial inequality who consider the troubling state of black life in America today.


Black American Dance Narratives: A Survey of the Jerome Robbins Dance Division by Malaika Adero

This New York Public Library project is about black bodies that dance and tells a story about politics, sexuality, religion, economics, and mortality more than art, based on research on African and American contributions to culture and dance from the autobiographical point of view of a black female student/practitioner of dance in the twenty-first century.


The Evil of Banality: On The Life and Death Importance of Thinking

Association of American Colleges and Universities senior scholar Elizabeth Minnich discussed her recent book, "The Evil of Banality," during the Humanities Center’s Illume Speaker Series.


Podcasts that Explore Race in Our Society

Four podcasts to help you gain prospective and facts – historical context, policing, current events and Black culture & experience.


Black Feminism & the Movement for Black Lives

Black Feminism remains a foundational theory and practice guiding social justice movements for Black lives. Panel discussion with Barbara Smith, Reina Gossett and Charlene Carruthers.


Where to Buy Black Literature

The African American Literature Book Club has compiled a list of bookstores in the United States that specialize in Black Literature.


Kara Walker is an contemporary painter, silhouettist, print-maker, installation artist, and film-maker who explores race, gender, sexuality, violence, and identity in her work. View her work in the Broad collection, including her black paper silhouettes that depict images of the antebellum South.


Troubling Memorials: Disgraced Monuments in America

Erika Doss, PhD, Knapp Chair of Liberal Arts 2018-19, traces how, why, and when Americans target public art – such as memorials, monuments that pay homage to the Confederacy – and the dilemmas of dissent and historical accountability in public culture. Erika Doss, PhD, is Professor of American Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Update: Virginia Governor will remove Robert E. Lee statue in Richmond.


Revelations - Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Alvin Ailey said that one of America’s richest treasures was the cultural heritage of the African-American - ”sometimes sorrowful, sometimes jubilant, but always hopeful.” Using African-American traditional spirituals, this suite fervently explores the places of deepest grief and holiest joy in the soul.


How Studying Privilege Systems Can Strengthen Compassion

Tedx talk by Peggy McIntosh, founder of the National SEED Project on Inclusive Curriculum.


How Mining the Museum Changed the Art World

In this 1992 exhibition, Fred Wilson took items from the collection of the Maryland Historical Society and displayed them in provocative juxtapositions, such as placing elegant silverwork next to slave shackles.


Troubled Water: The African-American Experience In Music

Hear music and stories of the African-American plight, as well as seminal spirituals that express anguish, pain and unbelievable hope in the face of adversity. Troubled Water airs  on CPR Classical at 88.1 FM in Denver or by clicking “Listen Live” on the website on Friday, June 5, at 12:30 p.m., and Saturday, June 6, at 6 p.m. and Sunday, June 7, at 4 p.m.


Watch the film, "Just Mercy," a civil rights, legal drama about a wrongful murder conviction of Walter McMillian. This film stars Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx and aims to educate viewers about systemic racism. It streams free for the month of June across multiple digital platforms including Amazon.


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