March 07, 2023 4:00 PM to 5:30 PMUptown Campus
The Department of English invites the Tulane Community and the Public to a Lecture by Geoffrey Harpham.
Especially considering the ubiquity of the subject of race in today's social, political, and academic discourses, the concept of race is an under-researched subject. The texts that established this concept as an object of scientific knowledge are not widely known, deeply studied, or adequately understood. In his lecture titled, "Race: The Theory," he will be speaking about the experience of creating an archive of those texts, and indicating some of the conclusions that can be drawn from it.
Geoffrey Galt Harpham was director of the National Humanities Center from 2002-15. Prior to that, he taught in the Department of English at Tulane for sixteen years. He is the author of over one hundred scholarly essays and thirteen books, most recently Scholarship and Freedom (Harvard University Press) and Citizenship on Catfish Row: Race and Nation in American Popular Entertainment (University of South Carolina Press). He is currently working on Contesting Race: Seven Debates that Shaped Our Understanding.