Lavine Lecture| Black Fire: The Struggle for Racial Justice in Charlottesville and Beyond, 1964 to the Present

Friday, October 13, 2017 at 6:00pm

Building E15, MIT List Visual Arts Center, Bartos Theater
20 AMES ST, Cambridge, MA 02142

The MIT List Visual Arts Center is pleased to present Claudrena N. Harold, Professor of African American and African Studies and History at the University of Virginia, for the 2017 Lavine Lecture. Dr. Harold’s lecture Black Fire: The Struggle for Racial Justice in Charlottesville and Beyond, 1964 to the Present will reflect on the recent tragedy in Charlottesville and the longer history that precedes current struggles for racial justice. With filmmaker Kevin Jerome Everson, Harold is also a participating artist in the List Center’s current exhibition List Projects: Civil Disobedience. Their film We Demand (2016) focuses on ten days of unprecedented student protests against the Vietnam War and racial inequity at the University of Virginia in 1969, led by James Roebuck, the university’s first black student council president.

The Lavine Lecture will be followed by a conversation between Harold, Everson, and Henriette Huldisch, Director of Exhibitions and Curator, MIT List Visual Arts Center.

About the Lavine Lecture Series

 The Leroy and Dorothy Lavine Lecture Series was established to honor the Lavine’s, two prominent Boston art patrons and longtime supporters of the MIT List Visual Arts Center. The Leroy and Dorothy Lavine Lectures bring to the Boston community distinguished art world figures for talks on modern and contemporary art.

All programs are free and open to the general public. RSVPs are required. RSVP here.


Image: Kevin Jerome Everson and Claudrena N. Harold
We Demand (still), 2016
Single-channel, video, sound, 10:19 min.
Courtesy the artists and Picture Palace Pictures


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