In what’s been hailed as a “tour de force of scholarly recovery,” Britt Rusert reveals in Fugitive Science a fascinating if little-known intersection of art and science in 19th century America, when African American writers and poets, performers, and visual artists sought to rebut the era's claims of scientific racism. Excluded from the institutions of science, Rusert demonstrates how, for these artists and intellectuals, cultural spaces from books to stages became sites of experimentation and refutation.
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A book signing will follow this program.
Britt Rusert is the author of Fugitive Science: Empiricism and Freedom in Early African American Culture. Her work explores the intersections among race, science, and culture, and she also researches and teaches histories of Afrofuturism, black speculative fiction, and critical theory. She teaches in the W. E. B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
This program is organized by the Chicago Humanities Festival, and presented in partnership with Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture at the University of Chicago.
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