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Reading and Conversation with Professor Saidiya Hartman

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Penn Book Center

130 S. 34th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104

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The Penn Book Center, the Department of Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, and ICA present Professor Saidiya Hartman in dialogue with ICA curator Meg Onli on the occasion of the release of Professor Hartman’s new volume, ‘Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Social Upheaval’. Hartman’s work examines the revolution of black intimacy in Philadelphia and New York in the early twentieth century and centers the experiences of young, black, urban women who sought to develop lives that were not prescribed by respectability and the law. The conversation will center these themes and their relationship to the black histories and futures that comprise the core of Onli’s exhibition, Colored People Time: Mundane Futures.

This event is taking place at Penn Book Center, at 130 S. 34th Street.


Saidiya Hartman is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. Professor Hartman’s major fields of interest are African American and American literature and cultural history, slavery, law and literature, and performance studies. She is on the editorial board of Callalloo and has been a Fulbright, Rockefeller, Whitney Oates and University of California President’s Fellow. She is the author of 'Scenes of Subjection: Terror, Slavery, and Self-Making in Nineteenth Century America' (Oxford University Press, 1997) and 'Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route' (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2007).


Programming for Colored People Time is generously funded by The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, Emily and Jerry Spiegel Fund to Support Contemporary Culture and Visual Arts and the Lise Spiegel Wilks and Jeffrey Wilks Family Foundation.

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