Closing Keynote

Dr. Therí Alyce Pickens. She is wearing dark rimmed glasses, hoop earrings, and bright pink lipstick. She is also wearing a pink sweater and a gold ring on her middle finger.

“After Almost 100 Days of Biden: Race, Disability, and A Head”

by Dr. Therí Alyce Pickens

May 27th, 11:30 AM PDT

In this talk, Dr. Pickens thinks through ideological access, specifically how public discussions of Blackness and Disability could be better shaped. She explains several interpretive strategies that create spaces for Black disabled folks. This session will be recorded.

Dr. Therí Alyce Pickens is currently a Full Professor of English. Her research focuses on Arab American and African American literatures and cultures, Disability Studies, philosophy, and literary theory. She has just published her second monograph, Black Madness :: Mad Blackness, (Duke University Press in 2019) which explores the connection between Blackness and madness. She aims to architect a series of conversations that retool our theory and praxis for and about the Black mad and the mad Black. Her first book New Body Politics: Narrating Arab and Black Identity in the Contemporary United States (Routledge, 2014), which asks: How does a story about embodied experience transform from mere anecdote to social and political critique?

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