Get Home Safe: Cross­-Genre Routes through Everyday Racism

Thursday, Jan 31, 2019 | 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

691 Barrows Hall | Berkeley
Location is ADA accessible

Discussion by:

Beth Piatote, Associate Professor, Native American Studies

Leigh Raiford, Associate Professor, African American Studies


The Indigenous Everyday, Beth Piatote
In this peripatetic meditation, I describe the ordinary routes of everyday life that are both symbol and structure of indigenous loss. To be indigenous in America is to think about death every day. But it is also to make jokes and songs and inspired gestures of protest, to recover words and histories and languages that return us to life.

Nia in Two Acts, Leigh Raiford
This paper revisits the murder of Nia Wilson, stabbed to death last summer. Drawing on Saidiya Hartman’s 2008 essay on history and methodology, “Venus in Two Acts,” this work of creative critical non­fiction, weaving together the personal, the political, the art historical, the geographic, the digital, I ask how do we write the stories of black girls in danger in our contemporary moment?


Speaker Bios:

Beth Piatote is Associate Professor of Native American Studies at UC Berkeley and specializes in Native American/Aboriginal literature and law in the U.S. and Canada; Nez Perce language and literature; and creative writing. She is currently the Chair of the Designated Emphasis in Indigenous Language Revitalization. She is author of Domestic Subjects: Gender, Citizenship, and Law in Native American Literature (Yale 2013); and the mixed­genre collection, The Beadworkers: Stories (Counterpoint Press, forthcoming 2019), as well as numerous essays and stories in journals and anthologies.


Leigh Raiford is Associate Professor of African American Studies at UC Berkeley, where she also serves as affiliate faculty in Gender and Women’s Studies and the Program in American Studies. Raiford is the author of Imprisoned in a Luminous Glare: Photography and the African American Freedom Struggle (UNC Press, 2011). She is co­editor with Renee Romano of The Civil Rights Movement in American Memory (UGA Press, 2006) & with Heike Raphael ­Hernandez of Migrating the Black Body: The African Diaspora and Visual Culture (UW Press, 2017). She teaches, researches and writes about the intersections of race, gender, visuality and justice.

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