Yale University’s Director of African Studies Jonathan Scott Holloway will speak at Illinois State University at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, in the Prairie Room of the Bone Student Center.
The talk, titled “Our Beloved Roots: Heritage Tourism, Museums of Horror, and the Commerce of Memory,” is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Office of the President and the Association of Black Academic Employees, the talk is part of the 2013 Speaker Series.
Heritage tourism has never been more popular, with landmark institutions like Colonial Williamsburg presenting a narrative of the nation’s past that speaks to millions of visitors a year. But, asks Holloway, whose past has been narrated? Whose past is the “nation’s past?” Holloway will look at the African American heritage tourism trade, examining the unique challenges posed by an African American experience that is grounded in the horrors of slavery and the traumas of second-class citizenship.
A professor of history, African-American studies, and American studies at Yale, Holloway specializes in post-emancipation United States history with a focus on cultural and intellectual history. He is the author of Confronting the Veil: Abram Harris Jr., E. Franklin Frazier, and Ralph Bunche, 1919-1941, the editor of Ralph Bunche's A Brief and Tentative Analysis of Negro Leadership and the co-editor of the anthology Black Scholars on the Line: Race, Social Science, and American Thought in the 20th Century.
A recipient of the William Clyde DeVane Award for Distinguished Scholarship and Teaching in Yale College, Holloway is currently an external fellow of the W.E.B Du Bois Institute at Harvard University. He received an Alphonse Fletcher Sr. Fellowship for the 2011-2012 academic year in order to complete his current monograph, Jim Crow Wisdom: Memory and Identity in Black America Since 1941.
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