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Colson Whitehead | Ghosts, Zombies, and the Afterlives of Slavery

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**This event has been relocated to Harrison Auditorium at the Penn Museum.**

Few novelists have written so inventively or across such a wide narrative range as has Colson Whitehead about what Sadiya Hartman called the “afterlife of slavery.” From his first novel, The Intuitionist, which treated racial struggle and uplift in terms of competing theories of elevator maintenance, to his most recent and widely acclaimed Underground Railroad, in which runaway slaves are smuggled northward on actual subterranean trains, Whitehead has found new ways to animate painful and enduring themes of American culture.

Join us as Penn Professor Salamishah Tillet engages with one of our country’s great writers on the afterlives of slavery. Colson Whitehead is this year's Wolf Humanities Center Dr. S.T. Lee Distinguished Lecture in the Humanities and launches our year-long Forum on Afterlives.

Book signing to follow. Free and open to the public. Pre-registration requested.

Cosponsored by the Center for Africana Studies and Departments of Africana Studies and English.

More information about the event is on our website:
https://wolfhumanities.upenn.edu/events/colson-whitehead

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