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Friday, January 20 • 3:15pm - 4:00pm
The Lyric in Crisis

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Matthew Sandler will talk about two moments of iconic protest against Trump during the campaign-- Johari Osayi Idusuyi reading Claudia Rankine’s Citizen at Trump rally in Springfield, Il (11/9/15) or the spontaneous chanting of Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright” by protesters on the floor of the University of Illinois, Chicago Pavilion (3/11/16). He will draw a comparison between these scenes and the role of the lyric in other historical crises, especially in the abolition movement and the Civil War era. This talk will address the politics of culture.


Matthew Sandler

Matt Sandler directs the MA program in American Studies at the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race at Columbia. He has work in Callaloo, African American Review, Comparative Literature, and the LA Review of Books. He is writing a book tentatively entitled "Black Romanticism: Early African American Poetry and the Spirit of the Age."

Friday January 20, 2017 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Room 304