An African American and Latinx History of the United States is a new interpretation of US history that builds on earlier generations of ethnic studies scholarship. An intersectional history of the shared struggle for human rights from 1776 to present, the book is an accessible narrative history arguing that Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa were integral to the development of democracy in the United States. From this grassroots perspective, ordinary people sought to build bridges of solidarity between the nations—not walls.
Department of English
Rhodes College is thrilled to welcome acclaimed author, Yale
University professor, and 2016 MacArthur Fellowship recipient
Claudia Rankine to campus. Rankine’s most recent book, 2014’s
bestselling Citizen: An American Lyric, won the National Book
Critics Circle Award for Poetry, the NAACP Image Award, and
numerous other prizes. This book – which will form the basis of
her remarks – engages America’s painful and complex history
of race, citizenship, and policing in ways that invoke the past
The Film and Media Studies program at Rhodes College presents a public screening of Werner Herzog’s THE WILD BLUE YONDER (2005), followed by a Q&A session with the legendary filmmaker himself.
This two-day symposium celebrates the life and legacy of James Baldwin. Baldwin’s work has become a touchstone in our present cultural moment. Baldwin is an intellectual forbearer of Ta-Nehisi Coates, Jesmyn Ward, and the #BlackLivesMatter movement, and a key reference for post-civil rights discussions of race in America. As such, Baldwin continues to be a cultural catalyst for American society.
Keynote lecture by Dwight McBride, author of Impossible Witness, Why I Hate Abercrombie and Fitch, and editor of James Baldwin Now.
*Prof. Kinoshita has had to cancel her visit to Rhodes due to severe flooding and mudslides in Santa Cruz, CA.*
Sharon Kinoshita, Professor and Chair of Literature at UC-Santa Cruz, will speak on "Marco Polo and the Global Middle Ages."
Jess Walter is the author of eight books. He's been a #1 New York Times bestseller, finalist for the 2006 National Book Award and the PEN/USA Literary prize in both fiction and nonfiction, and won the 2005 Edgar Allan Poe award. His work has been published in 30 languages and his short fiction has appeared in Best American Short Stories, Harpers, McSweeney's, Esquire and more.