Cruel Summer: A Public Forum on Trayvon Martin in Cultural Context
When: Wednesday, October 9 from 7-8 PM
Where: Innisfree Poetry Café (on The Hill across from The Sink)
The summer of 2013 witnessed a number of seismic events that shifted the shape of our racial present and forced us to confront our racial past. This forum focuses on how the most visible of these events—the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the killing of Trayvon Martin—played out in the popular imagination. Cruel Summer: A Public Forum on Trayvon Martin in Cultural Context puts the killing of Trayvon Martin in conversation with the Supreme Court’s dismantling of the Voting Rights Act; developments in popular culture, like the release of new records from Jay-Z and Kanye West; and the invocation of racial violence, particularly Emmett Till’s lynching, in social media and popular journalistic writing about the case.
This event is sponsored by Innisfree Poetry Café and the new Laboratory for Race & Popular Culture (the RAP Lab) at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Panelists will include poet and activist Dominique Christina, the 2012 winner of the Women of the World Poetry Slam; Jack Hamilton, RAP Lab postdoctoral fellow and columnist for Slate.com; and Alex Corey, RAP Lab graduate fellow and CU English doctoral candidate. Adam Bradley, RAP Lab director and CU English professor, will moderate this roundtable panel and public forum. Audience participation is encouraged.