Congrats to Mick Powell, Assistant Professor in Residence, for winning the AAUP Early Teaching Excellence Award!!
More info can be found here
WGSS will be hosting the Native American and Indigenous Studies Symposium on April 13th and 14th! The symposium will include film screenings, panels and a pedagogy workshop titled “Red Praxis: Teaching Against Empire” as well.
Workshop sign up is here: forms.gle/732jgBpgEf2MN5
WGSS Professor Briona Jones’ work, Mouths of Rain is a finalist in the LGBTQ Anthology category for the 34th Annual Lambda Literary Awards. The finalists were selected by a panel of over 60 literary professionals from more than 2,300 book submissions—the highest in Lammy Award history.
Please join us in celebrating the following authors and their literary accomplishments.
Coming up from UConn Alumni’s #ThisIsAmerica Series…
ThisIsNativeAmerica: Land Grant or Land Grab
THIS WEEK Tuesday, January 25, 2022 | 6:30 p.m. ET
In 1893, the University of Connecticut became Connecticut’s Land Grant college. This land spans 12 states originally stewarded by Indigenous tribes. Our history is intertwined in the violent dispossession of Native and Indigenous peoples across Native America. Join us to understand the long-standing history and experiences of Native and Indigenous peoples at UConn and seek to understand your place in that history which has disproportionately benefited white citizens.
The panel will include Sandy Grande, Professor of Political Science and Native American and Indigenous Studies at UConn, Chris Newell ’14 (CCS), Co-Founder and Director of Education for the Akomawt Educational Initiative, and a researcher from Land Grab CT.
Register for the discussion
Publishing NOW: How to Write About Race Now with Lewis R. Gordon, Professor of Philosophy, UConn
Monday, January 31 | 4:00 p.m. ET
In conversation with Michael P. Lynch, Lewis R. Gordon will discuss his new book, Fear of Black Consciousness (2022), “a groundbreaking work that positions Black consciousness as a political commitment and creative practice, richly layered through art, love, and revolutionary action.” UConn Nation is invited to join in on this discussion on Monday, January 31.
Register for the event
#ThisIsAmerica is a series that brings together UConn faculty, alumni, and students to discuss and unpack systematic racism, social justice, and human rights issues. It spotlights individuals, organizations, and movements fighting for justice and equity, and against oppression and white supremacy.
Mouths of Rain traces the history of intellectual thought by Black Lesbian writers across genres, identities, age, and political leanings. Publishers Weekly called the anthology “prodigious” and “wide-ranging,” and Elle magazine called it a “a balm that shows readers that Black feminism benefits us all.”
Learn about the book and purchase here.
The article “How a Cuban Writer Defied Censors and Became a Latin American Literature Icon” explores the ways in which his roles as a poet, novelist, and everything in-between has impacted Cuban literature as we know it today. Known for his influential 1966 novel “Paradiso”, he was censored by the Cuban revolutionary state that polices artistic and intellectual expression that was deemed detrimental to the state. Read it here.
Gurnah is a 73-year-old writer who represents both a post-colonial African sensibility and an Islamic interiority. He has written 10 novels and is also a retired professor of literature at the University of Kent. Read more about his work here.