Jeff Chang in conversation with Sarah J. Jackson: We Gon’ Be Alright

Artist Talk, Book Event, Book Signing, Lecture, Meet The Author, Presentation

Jeff Chang in conversation with Sarah J. Jackson: We Gon’ Be Alright

Fri, Feb 17, 2017 11:30 am-1:00 pm East Village 17th Floor Free & Open to the Public
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Artist Talk, Book Event, Book Signing, Lecture, Meet The Author, Presentation Fri, Feb 17, 2017
11:30 am-1:00 pm East Village 17th Floor Free & Open to the Public

Join us for a conversation about the intersection of race, art, civil rights, and the socio-political forces that guide the hip-hop generation with Jeff Chang and Northeastern’s Dr. Sarah Jackson (Communication Studies).

“Culture moves before politics,” says Jeff Chang, who writes on art, multiculturalism, and racial progress in post-civil rights America with the sweeping authority of the best social historians.

Jeff Chang has been a USA Ford Fellow in Literature and a winner of the North Star News Prize. He was named by The Utne Reader as one of “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World,” and by the Yerba Buena Center for The Arts as one of its 2016 YBCA 100 list of those “shaping the future of American culture.” Chang serves as the Executive Director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University.

After 2016’s unrest and tragedy – in Dallas, Minnesota, Baton Rouge, and across the U.S. – how can our communities heal? And given the new administration, what can we expect for race relations in a changing, polarized America?  Jeff’s newest book, We Gon’ Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregationtakes a wide-ranging look at the recent tragedies and widespread protests that have shaken the country. Jeff is co-founder of CultureStr/ke and ColorLines and is currently the Executive Director of the Stanford Institute for Diversity in the Arts.

“There is no more fitting writer to chronicle an unprecedented moment in American history than Jeff Chang” 
– Jose Antonio Vargas, founder and CEO, Define America

This event is presented in partnership with Northeastern CrossingCenter of Community Service, College of Social Sciences and HumanitiesDepartment of Cultures, Societies & Global StudiesDepartment of Communication StudiesDean of Cultural, Residential & Spiritual LifeOffice of Institutional Diversity & Inclusion, Asian American Center, Global ServicesJohn D. O’Bryant African American Institute, and University Scholars.

Location

East Village 17th Floor

291 St Botolph St,
East Village, 17th floor  
Boston, MA 02115

Jeff Chang

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Jeff Chang has written extensively on culture, politics, the arts, and music.

His first book, Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation, garnered many honors, including the American Book Award and the Asian American Literary Award. He edited the book, Total Chaos: The Art and Aesthetics of Hip-Hop.

Who We Be: The Colorization of America (St. Martin’s Press) was released on October 2014 to critical acclaim. It was published in paperback in January 2016 under the new title, Who We Be: A Cultural History of Race in Post-Civil Rights America (Picador).

His latest book, We Gon’ Be Alright: Notes On Race and Resegregation (Picador), was published in September 2016. His next project is a biography of Bruce Lee (Little, Brown).

Jeff has been a USA Ford Fellow in Literature and a winner of the North Star News Prize. He was named by The Utne Reader as one of “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World,” by KQED as an Asian Pacific American Local Hero, and by the Yerba Buena Center for The Arts as one of its 2016 YBCA 100 list of those “shaping the future of American culture.” With H. Samy Alim, he was the 2014 winner of the St. Clair Drake Teaching Award at Stanford University.

Jeff co-founded CultureStr/ke and ColorLines. He has written for The GuardianSlateThe Nation, the New York Times, the San Francisco ChronicleThe BelieverForeign PolicyN+1Mother Jones, Salon, and Buzzfeed, among many others.

Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawai’i, he is a graduate of ‘Iolani School, the University of California at Berkeley, and the University of California at Los Angeles.

He serves as the Executive Director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University.

Sarah J. Jackson

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Sarah J. Jackson is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies and faculty affiliate of the Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program and Department of Cultures, Societies & Global Studies at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. She is an expert on race and activism, social movements, the use of media and technology by racial justice and feminist activists, the black press, and the role of journalism in social movements. Jackson explored the cultural significance of African American celebrity protest in her book Black Celebrity, Racial Politics, and the PressHer current research focuses on how racial justice and gender justice activists use Twitter and the role of collective memory in media framing of contemporary activism. She is regularly called upon as an expert by news outlets and has been interviewed by Politico, the Boston GlobeNPR, and PBS among others.