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Dr. Omedi Ochieng: "Representation, Experience, & the Capaciousness of Black Life"

2:30pm – 3:30pm
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February 10
2:30 p.m.
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Join TLU for a special presentation from Professor and Author Dr. Omedi Ochieng: "Representation, Experience, and the Capaciousness of Black Life"

During his talk, Dr. Ochieng will seek to invite participants to a conversation on Black life and experiences in the United States. A variety of Black scholars have offered strong criticisms of the idea that depictions of Black pain (e.g. in videos, photographs, and films) necessarily engender empathy and identification with Black people. Indeed, these scholars have argued that representations and discussions about Black suffering are often pleasurable to viewers and listeners raised in an anti-Black society. This talk will discuss the methods by which various thinkers and activists have sought to talk about Black experiences, including the suffering of Black people, both by refusing to flinch from the destructive and damaging structures of white supremacy and by articulating the multilayered complexities of Black life.