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Herskovits At the Heart of Blackness

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Auburn Avenue Research Library

101 Auburn Avenue Northeast

Atlanta, GA 30303

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The Baton Foundation, Inc., in partnership with the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, will host a film screening and facilitated discussion about Melville Herskovits and notions of Black culture and identity. This program is free and open to the public. Reserve seats here.

Is there a politics of knowledge? Who controls what knowledge is produced and how it will be used? Is there "objective" scholarship and, if so, how does it become politicized? Herskovits at the Heart of Blackness, a groundbreaking film on the life and career of Melville J. Herskovits (1895-1963), examines these and other questions. In fact, how did this son of Jewish immigrants come to play such a decisive role in the shaping of modern Black and African identities? A pioneering American anthropologist of African Studies and one of the most controversial intellectuals of the 20th century, Herskovits emerges as an iconic figure in on-going debates in the social sciences over the ethics of representation and the right of a people to represent themselves. Read more here.

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