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Toni Morrison’s writings uniquely speak to contemporary issues of ethics, adversity and change. Distinctly highlighting the lives of African Americans, they articulate new ways of understanding our racialized American history and delineate methods of ethically reimagining our relations to race and racism. Featuring lectures by three leading Toni Morrison scholars, this years Robert M. Gay Memorial Lecture embraces Morrison’s work as a model for inquiry and change in our historical moment of crisis around issues of social justice and racial ethics.
Moderator: Sheldon George is Professor and Chair of English at Simmons University. He teaches courses on literary and cultural theory, American Realism, Modernism and the Harlem Renaissance, and black women writers. He is author of Trauma and Race: A Lacanian Study of African American Racial Identity (2016), coeditor of Reading Contemporary Black British and African American Women Writers: Race, Ethics, Narrative Form (2020), and coeditor of Lacan and Race: Racism, Racial Identity and Psychoanalytic Theory (2021).