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22 Feb
The Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts
Feb 22, 2018 | 6:30 PM-8:00 PM

Black History Month


Descendants of Kings and Queens: Black Panther and Entangled African Cosmopolitanism

Join us for a lecture on the highly anticipated film Black Panther and the evolution of blackness in US comic books with Jonathan W. Gray (Associate Professor of English at the CUNY Graduate Center and John Jay College), with an introduction by Osvaldo Oyola (NYU). Gray works on post-WWII American culture, African American literary production, popular culture, comic books and graphic novels, and narratives of visual culture. His first book, Civil Rights in the White Literary Imagination (University Press of Mississippi, 2012) traces changes in white literary production during the period between the Brown case and the death of Martin Luther King. His forthcoming project, Illustrating the Race, investigates how the twin understandings of illustration—the creative act of depiction and the political act of bringing forth for public consideration—function in the representation of African Americans in comics and graphic narratives published since 1966. Gray co-edited the essay collection Disability in Comics and Graphic Novels for Palgrave MacMillan and served as founding editor of the Journal of Comics and Culture. Gray’s journalism on popular culture has appeared in The New Republic, Entertainment Weekly,, Medium, and The New Inquiry.

Presented as a part of Gallatin’s Black History Month programming.