“BLACK LIVES MATTER & THE CONTEMPORARY WRITINGS OF AWARD WINING NOVELIST JESMYN WARD”

Wednesday 16th May 2018, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM @ Room G01, Birkbeck, School of Arts, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD

#BLM & the Contemporary Writings of Award Winning Novelist Jesmyn Ward.
This session explores the work of the award-winning writer Jesmyn Ward. When #blacklivesmatter took off on Twitter in 2012, Ward was completing a memoir, ‘Men We Reaped: A Memoir‘, about five young black men close to her, including her brother and cousin – who died in the space of four years.
Ward’s work has since been associated with the movement, but also offers an important corrective to a campaign whose narrative has often been limited to 140 characters.

This discussion explores Ward’s literary engagements with Hurricane Katrina, racialized poverty, police brutality, mass incarceration, and the generally precarious status of black life in the 21st century US.

FREE to attend. Register at: Eventbrite
See the full programme at: Arts Week 14th – 118th May 2018
NB: Arts Week 2018 will include lectures, readings, concerts, film screenings, performances, walks and panel discussions and is our annual showcase of the varied enterprises of Birkbeck academics, on topics both public and scholarly.
Birkbeck welcomes everyone with an interest in the Arts to participate in this week-long celebration.