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2019 Bridge Lecture: 'In the Matrix'

Friday, 26 April, 2019

The 2019 SLU Bridge Lecture featuring Princeton University’s Imani Perry, Ph.D., J.D., will be held at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 26, in Room 251, Busch Student Center. The lecture’s purpose is to bridge Black History Month and Women’s History Month.

Perry’s lecture is “In the Matrix: How to Think Through the Politics of Race, Class and Gender in the 21st Century.”

About the talk: Perry will use a series of examples from popular culture and politics to discuss the difficulties in confronting multiple forms of inequality at once, a difficulty that is exacerbated by the digital age and social media. She will argue that a practice of critical reading is essential to pursue justice ethically and consistently.

About the guest speaker: Perry is the Hughes-Rogers Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University where she also holds affiliations with the programs in law and public affairs, Jazz studies, and gender and sexuality studies.

Perry, a scholar of cultural studies, critical theory, legal history and African-American studies, is the author of five single-authored books and numerous academic articles and literary essays. Her book, Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry, published in 2018 was named one of the notable books of 2018 by the New York Times.

Perry holds a Ph.D. in the History of American Civilization from Harvard University, as well as a J.D. from Harvard Law School and an L.L.M. from Georgetown Law Center in the history of Southern Property and Contract Law.

The lecture is sponsored by the African American Studies Program, Department of Women's and Gender Studies, and the Office for Diversity and Community Engagement.

A reception will follow the lecture and the talk is free and open to the public.