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"Baldwin, Black Queer Radicalism, and the Critique of Western Civilization"
Thursday, April 7, 2016
West Lecture Hall
Franklin Patterson Hall
Roderick A. Ferguson is Professor of African American and Gender and Women's Studies at the University of Illinois-Chicago, where he co-directs the Racialized Body research cluster. Prior to his tenure at UIC, he was professor of race and critical theory in the Department of American Studies at the University of Minnesota, serving as chair of the department from 2009 to 2012. In the fall of 2013, he was the Old Dominion Visiting Faculty for the Council of the Humanities and the Center for African American Studies at Princeton University. From 2007 to 2010, he was associate editor of the American Studies Association’s flagship journal American Quarterly. He is the author of The Reorder of Things: The University and Its Pedagogies of Minority Difference (2012) and Aberrations in Black: Toward a Queer of Color Critique (2004), and co-editor with Grace Hong of the University of Minnesota Press book series Difference Incorporated. Also with Hong, he is the co-editor of the anthology Strange Affinities: The Gender and Sexual Politics of Comparative Racialization (2011).