Critical Conversations 2021-22: Celebrating the Life and Legacy of June Jordan


The Department of African American Studies at UC Berkeley’s 2021-22 Critical Conversations speaker series is organized as a celebration of the life and legacy of June Jordan, a gifted and prolific writer, a powerful activist, an innovative teacher and a longtime member of our Department. Fall 2021 will be devoted to June’s activist work, her prose and her architectural imaginary. Spring 2022 will be devoted to her work as a poet and teacher. Building on our successful Spring 2021 series celebrating Dr. Barbara Christian and exploring the concept of abolition democracy, this series continues to ask: what are the lessons of the Black Feminist, Black Radical, and Black intellectual traditions for our moment and what is the role of Black Studies in building more just futures? 


Fall 2021


A Place of Rage: June Jordan and her Circle 

Monday, September 20, 2021 @noon PST

Angela Y. Davis and Pratibha Parmar 

BAMPFA will stream A Place of Rage (dir. Pratibha Parmar, 1991) September 10-October 10, 2021  free of charge 



Skyrise: June Jordan’s Architectural Imaginary 

Monday, October 4, 2021 @noon PST

 Olalekan Jeyifous,  Brandi Summers, and  Mabel O. Wilson 



Black Girlhood, Truth and Transformation

Monday, November 15, 2021 @noon PST

Cat Brooks, Kenly Brown, and Holly Joshi 



Spring 2022


Learning from June Jordan: A Poetry for the People Conversation

Monday, February 28, 2022 @noon PST

Samiya Bashir and Solmaz Sharif  



Black Writers and the Bay

Monday, March 7, 2022 @noon PST

Tongo Eisen-Martin and Tanea Lunsford Lynx 



Black Childhoods

Monday, April 4, 2022 @noon PST

Joshua Bennett and Chiyuma Elliott