Join us for "A Tribute to June Jordan" an intergenerational exploration of the legendary teacher, activist, and poet’s life, work, and legacy. Organized in the vein of a day-long conference, it will run from late morning to evening, with lectures, panels, discussions and readings.
The conference is a partnership between Cave Canem, the Center for the Humanities at The Graduate Center, CUNY, the June M. Jordan Literary Estate Trust, Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative, and the Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean (IRADAC).
10:30am - 11:15am: Keynote Lecture by Jan Heller Levi
11:30am - 12:15pm: Liberatory Pedagogy
Conor Tomas Reed, Makeba Lavan, Talia Shalev, Dorothy Wang
1:15pm - 2:30pm: Poetry for the People: A Revolutionary Blueprint for Building Literary Communities
Jacqueline Jones LaMon, Joseph Legaspi and Deborah Paredez, moderated by Hafizah Geter
2:45pm - 4pm: For the Sake of People’s Poetry: A Discussion of Jordan’s Essay about Inclusivity and Accessibility
Donna Masini, E. Ethelbert Miller and Evie Shockley, moderated by Erica Hunt
4:15pm - 5:30pm: We’re On: Writers in Conversation about how the June Jordan Reader can carry us into new forms of revolution
Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Suzanne Gardinier, and Patricia Spears Jones, moderated by Carey Salerno
6:30 pm: A Reading of June Jordan’s Work
Jennifer Benka, Dr. Joshua Bennett, Hafizah Geter, Aracelis Girmay, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Erica Hunt, Tyehimba Jess, Patricia Spears Jones, Christoph Keller, Jacqueline Jones LaMon, Joseph Legaspi, Evie Shockley and Christopher Soto
Co-sponsored by Cave Canem, the June M. Jordan Literary Estate Trust, Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative, the Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean (IRADAC); and the Center for the Humanities at The Graduate Center, CUNY.
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