May 6: Black Knowledge and Multicultural Humanism - ZOOM & IN PERSON
Prof. Connolly’s methodology bootcamp explores how to read race and racism, see these forces at work, and utilize them as categories of analysis. Attendees will think through the conventional differences between prejudice, discrimination and racism. But as a kind of academic training ground for those working in archives, this workshop also dedicates considerable time to thinking about research methods. Connolly contends that race and racism operate as theories of history, as narratives through which people and institutions make claims, organize labor and identities, and imagine political possibility. Attendees will learn how to locate and forcefully respond, through sources, to such narratives.
Biography: Professor Connolly is the Herbert Baxter Adams Associate Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University. He writes about write about racism, capitalism, politics, cities and migration in the late-nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Connolly's work pays special attention to people’s notions of family, property and citizenship in the United States and the wider Americas. He is currently advancing two book projects, the first is Four Daughters: An America Story [sic]. This collective biography covers four generations of a single family, following the lives of four women of color whose forbearers migrated from the Caribbean to the United States by way of Britain between the early 1900s and 1990s. A genuinely Atlantic history, Four Daughters explores how Caribbean immigrants of color and their children defined success in America through years of British colonization, second-wave feminism, the civil rights movement, "right to work" politics, and the War on Drugs. Connolly's other book project expands on the intimate scale of Four Daughters to assess and synthesize broader trends, patterns, and processes. Black Capitalism: The "Negro Problem" and the American Economy offers the first sweeping account of how black economic success shaped the way Americans and immigrants understood the possibilities offered by capitalism in the United States.
Event co-sponsors: NYU Department of English, NYU, Office of Diversity Equity Inclusion & Faculty Development, NYU Social and Cultural Analysis (SCA), NYU Office of Global Inclusion, Diversity, and Strategic Innovation