Dr. Emily Bernard: What is at Stake When We Talk About Black Art? Why the Harlem Renaissance Still Matters
Join CMA and Denison University for a lecture by Dr. Emily Bernard offering perspectives and context to our exhibition, I, Too, Sing America. Dr. Bernard is Professor of English and Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, University of Vermont and editor of the 2001 New York Times Notable Book of the Year Remember Me to Harlem: The Letters of Langston Hughes and Carl Van Vechten. The evening also features readings by Rachel Scott, Naki Akrobettoe, Izetta Thomas, and Tyiesha Radford Shorts. Dr. Bernard will be doing a book signing following the talk. Remember Me to Harlem: The Letters of Langston Hughes and Carl Van Vechten will be available for purchase in the Museum Store. Admission to the talk is $5 for nonmembers and free for members and college students and professors. Presented by PNC Arts Alive.
Denison University welcomes Emily Bernard, a professor from the University of Vermont, presenting her lecture, ”My Own People: Identity, Intersectionality, and the Saving Grace of Friendship.”
Bernard teaches and writes about African-American and 20th-Century American literature, Critical Theory, Race and Ethnicity in Literature, and Women’s Studies. Bernard’s published works include: “Some of My Best Friends: Writers on Interracial Friendship,” “Remember Me to Harlem: The Letters of Langston Hughes and Carl Van Vechten,” and “Michelle Obama: The First Lady in Photographs.” Her most recent book, “Carl Van Vechten and the Harlem Renaissance: A Portrait in Black and White,” was published by Yale University Press in 2012. An upcoming essay collection, “Black is the Body: Stories from My Grandmother’s Time, My Mother’s Time, and Mine,” will be published by Alfred A. Knopf in the spring of 2019.