Thursday, November 14, 2019 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
What does it mean to be urban? How might the everyday lives of Black women provide an archive for understanding the city? Clark University professor Asha Best (Geography) is an urbanist whose teaching and research bring together interdisciplinary perspectives in black studies, post-colonial studies, urban geographies, and mobilities studies. In this talk, she will consider everyday practices, desires, styles, and ways of being that often fall outside the traditional scope of urban studies. Engaging a range of Black women artists and intellectuals, from bell hooks and June Jordan to Mickalene Thomas and Ebony G. Patterson, she will explore how the intimacies of Black urban life foster robust ways of understanding place and place-making. Focusing on working-class communities, Best will show how unruly women imagine and script livable urban worlds.