2004 - 2005

Spring Quarter 2005:

March 30, 2005

Michael Datcher
“The Lyricism of Fatherlessness: Musicality and the Missing”
Wednesday, March 30, 2005 • 11:30 am

Poet, playwright and journalist Michael Datcher is the author of the New York Times Bestseller and critically acclaimed memoir Raising Fences: A Black Man’s Love Story. A member of the World Stage Writer’s Workshop in Leimart Park, he teaches English Literature at West Los Angeles College and UCLA Extension. Concentrating on the relationship between idiom, genre, and voice, Datcher will combine a literary reading with a scholarly talk entitled “The Lyricism of Fatherlessness: Musicality and the Missing.” The space will open at 11:30 am for informal discussion and mingling. The literary presentation will begin at 12 noon with a guided Critical Response Q&A to follow.


Fall Quarter 2004:

November 17, 2004

Dr. Roberto Strongman
“On the Down Low?: Gay Black Closet”
Wednesday, November 17, 2004 • Noon

This presentation utilizes the cultural phenomenon of “the Down Low” to question the historical models of canonical queer texts that locate the transition between homosexual behavior to identity in late XIX Century Western societies. The experience of African-American men who have sex with other men and don’t consider themselves “gay” serves as an important perspective to interrogate the underlying racial assumptions of Foucault, Sedgwick and Butler. Even as it establishes the existence of homosexual non-conformist subjects, J.L King’s testimonial text, On the Down Low, operates as an evangelical treatise that attempts to impose an in/out model on “Down Low” men via the trope of religious conversion. As such, it would appear that theoretical and popular discourses are determined to bring the possibly enabling transgression of “the Down Low” into compliance within racialized and historical models of what might need to be called “the homo-normative.”

Roberto Strongman, Ph.D. is an assistant professor in the UCSB Department of Black Studies.

November 3, 2004

Dr. Mireille Miller-Young
"'The Hard Road': Black Women Negotiating Discrimination and Exploitation in Adult Entertainment"
Wednesday, November 3, 2004 • Noon

Mireille Miller-Young, Ph.D. is a University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellow hosted through the Center for Black Studies. Dr. Miller-Young’s research interests concern black feminist theory, black sexual politics, the racialized political economy of sex work, and American film and visual cultures.


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