Monday, April 2, 2012

Boston University

Before my lecture at Boston University, Linda Heywood, director of the African American Studies program, called for a moment of silence for Trayvon Martin. This was Thursday, March 22, 2012 and I had just torn myself from the latest insulting press conference on CNN about the case. Silence was observed for a full minute and it changed the energy of every word I spoke that evening, almost as if I had never said those words before. I will never forget this lecture or the energy in that intimate space.

During the intense, intimate Q&A, a black male graduate student shared his experience of being beaten by a spontaneous mob and barely escaping with his life. At least he wasn't turned away at the hospital, he shared. I responded with (among many other points) my belief in the importance of community conversation, as articulated in Living with Lynching.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

University of Delaware

I lectured at the University of Delaware on Wednesday, March 21, 2012. The event was sponsored by the Center for the Study of Diversity, which had recently hosted Claude Steele and featured his research on stereotype threat.

Listening to a thoughtful audience member during Q&A.