The Sense of Brown: The Life and Work of José Muñoz
NOV 16, 2020 | 6:30 PM TO 8:00 PM
Photo of José Muñoz and his posthumous publication "The Sense of Brown" along with a description of the upcoming event and registration details
The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue
November 16, 2020: 6:30 PM-8:00 PM
THE WORK of José Esteban Muñoz (1967-2013)—as a student, a teacher, a writer, and a friend—was electrified by his desire to tip the world toward something joyous in the face of intense opposition to that joy, toward a place that is more just and generous, but also more ferocious. Muñoz’s lifelong passion was to express the utopian gesture that responds to the awfulness of things as they are. The work of balancing hope against despair ran through his writings from the earliest to the most recent, and it was a work he associated with the queer, the minoritarian, and the brown. This desire courses through his three books — Disidentifications: Queers of Color and the Performance of Politics, Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity and the just-published Sense of Brown.
On the occasion of the posthumous release of Sense of Brown by Duke University Press, please join the editors Joshua Chambers-Letson (NU) and Tavia Nyong’o (Yale) as they discuss Muñoz’s work and impact in conversation with the artist Nao Bustamante (USC).