This year's William Hammond Lecture on the American Tradition will feature Shana Redmond, Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. She will present "‘Agencies of Menace': The State, the Car, and the Music in Between."
In this work-in-progress, Redmond listens in conspiracy with Black drivers and passengers in the moments before fatal traffic stops in order to mark the histories and scale of state violence in the U.S. and the ways in which Black living eludes and exceeds contemporary political and musical study.
Shana L. Redmond (she / her) is a writer and scholar of Black life and culture. She is the author of Anthem: Social Movements and the Sound of Solidarity in the African Diaspora (NYU Press, 2014) and Everything Man: The Form and Function of Paul Robeson (Duke UP, 2020), which received a number of prizes including a 2021 American Book Award. She regularly writes for public outlets including NPR and the BBC, as well as having authored liner notes for the vinyl soundtrack release of Jordan Peele's film Us (Waxwork Records, 2019) and String Quartets, Nos. 1-12 (TUM Records, 2022) by musician-composer-creative Wadada Leo Smith. She is Professor of English and Comparative Literature and the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race at Columbia University and President of the American Studies Association (2022-2023).
The lecture is 4 - 5:30 pm, with a reception to follow.
Established in 1965, the William Hammond Lecture on the American Tradition began with a gift from William A. Hammond, (MA 1917 and PhD 1929).
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