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Tiffany Gill: High School Teachers Institute

Friday, March 03, 2023, 09:00am - 02:30pm


The Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis


Finding Politics in Unexpected Places: The Case for Black Leisure in Modern American History

Friday, March 3, 2023

9a - 2:30p, AB 6051

Tiffany Gill, Associate Professor, Department of History, Rutgers University

For African Americans, finding spaces of leisure and joy is a complex matter. The history of racial violence and disenfranchisement, as well as the social movements that rose in response to these phenomena have often overshadowed the desire for Black people to experience recreation outside the constraints of segregation and racial humiliation. This workshop will discuss the importance of political imagination in transforming cultures and societies and provide a methodological framework to consider concepts such as beauty, pleasure, and joy as mechanisms for social change.