In Who We Be: The Colorization of America (Fall 2013), Jeff Chang (Can’t Stop Won’t Stop, Stanford) carefully analyzes the gaps between what we see and what we think. He asks us to consider, how did multiculturalists, in fact, win the culture wars? And despite the change in our visual culture and the proliferation of representations of people of color (a process Chang so aptly describes as “colorization”), why do we still not have frank conversations about race?
Chang will be joined in conversation by Kiese Laymon (Long Division [forthcoming June 2013] and How To Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America [forthcoming August 2013]) about the post-civil rights movement, the paradox of the post-racial, and the implications of the rapidly changing national demographics on culture and politics. With an introduction by DJ Rekha.
Co-sponsored by the NYU Center for Multicultural Education and Programs, NYU Program in American Studies, and NYU Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute.
Please RSVP by Tuesday, April 16, 2013 using the form below. Reservations are also accepted via phone (212.992.9653).
British born, New York City based, DJ Rekha, DJ, curator, record label owner, educator and activist. Called the “Ambassador of Bhangra” by the New York Times and named one of the most influential South Asians by Newsweek, Rekha is among the first DJs to merge classic Bhangra and Bollywood sounds into the language of contemporary electronic dance music. Since establishing herself on the club scene with her inaugural event, Basement Bhangra at SOBs nightclub in 1997,Rekha has produced some of the longest running and most successful parties in New York including Bollywood Disco, and Mutiny. 2006-7 A/P/A Artist-in-Residence, Rekha has given lectures and led workshops on hip hop, politics, and South Asian art for various universities and institutions including the Smithsonian, Brooklyn Museum, and Columbia University. She teaches at The NYU Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music.