Live Stream: UNC Press presents Glenda Elizabeth Gilmore in conversation with Adriane Lentz-Smith

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Image shows a blue box with the text: UNC Press presents Glenda Elizabeth Gilmore in conversation with Adriane Lentz-Smith. Virtual. Wednesday, May 11, 2022. 1:00 PM ET. Next to the text are photos of Gilmore and Lentz-Smith and the cover of Gilmore's book ROMARE BEARDEN IN THE HOMELAND OF HIS IMAGINATION.

Malaprop's is pleased to partner with UNC Press to present a virtual conversation with Glenda Elizabeth Gilmore, author of Romare Bearden in the Homeland of His Imagination, and historian Adriane Lentz-Smith. Introductions will be provided by bestselling novelist and UNC Press Advancement Council member Elizabeth Kostova.

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Romare Bearden (1911-1988), one of the most prolific, original, and acclaimed American artists of the twentieth century, richly depicted scenes and figures rooted in the American South and the Black experience. Bearden hailed from North Carolina but was forced to relocate to the North when a white mob harassed his family in the 1910s. His family story is a compelling, complicated saga of Black middle-class achievement in the face of relentless waves of white supremacy. It is also a narrative of the generational trauma that slavery and racism inflicted over decades. But as Glenda Gilmore reveals in this trenchant reappraisal of Bearden's life and art, his work reveals his deep imagination, extensive training, and rich knowledge of art history.

Gilmore explores four generations of Bearden's family and highlights his experiences in North Carolina, Pittsburgh, and Harlem. She engages deeply with Bearden's art and considers it as an alternative archive that offers a unique perspective on the history, memory, and collective imagination of Black southerners who migrated to the North. In doing so, she revises and deepens our appreciation of Bearden's place in the artistic canon and our understanding of his relationship to southern, African American, and American cultural and social history.
 

Glenda Gilmore is the Peter V. and C. Vann Woodward Professor of History Emerita at Yale University. Gilmore is the author of and the Politics of White Supremacy in North Carolina, 1896-1920 (University of North Carolina Press, 2019), Defying Dixie: The Radical Roots of Civil Rights, 1919-1950 ( W. W. Norton & Company, 2009), and Romare Bearden in the Homeland of His Imagination: An Artist's Reckoning with the South (University of North Carolina Press, 2022).

Adriane Lentz-Smith is Associate Professor of History and African & African-American Studies at Duke University where she teaches courses on Black Lives, Modern America, and History in Fact and Fiction. A scholar of African American history as well as the US & the World, Lentz Smith is author of Freedom Struggles: African Americans and World War I (Harvard University Press, 2009). Her article, “The Laws Have Hurt Me: Violence, Violation, and Black Women’s Struggles for Civil Rights,” can be found in the Fall 2020 issue of Southern Cultures. Lentz-Smith’s current book, "The Slow Death of Sagon Penn: State Violence, and the Twilight of Civil Rights," explores the long aftermath of one man’s devastating encounter with the police in San Diego in 1985. The book traces how state violence and white supremacy remade and sustained themselves in the twilight of the civil rights era.  A senior fellow in Duke’s Kenan Institute for Ethics, Lentz-Smith hosts Kenan’s community conversations series, “The Ethics of Now.” She can be seen in the PBS documentaries, “The Great War,” “American Diplomat,” and “Voice of Freedom.” Lentz-Smith holds a BA in History from Harvard-Radcliffe and a PhD in History from Yale University. She lives in Durham, North Carolina with her family.

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