Critical Conversations Series 2021-2022: Black Writers and the Bay


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On March 7th, the Critical Conversations series welcomes Bay Area authors Tongo Eisen-Martin and Tanea Lunsford Lynx for a poetry reading and conversation about local geography, creative writing, and June Jordan’s artistic legacy. Eisen-Martin and Lunsford Lynx will read their work; share some of their favorite poems written by June Jordan; and then participate in a conversation about race, place, and belonging co-moderated by UC Berkeley Associate Professor Chiyuma Elliott and doctoral candidate John Mundell (African American Studies). The event is part of a year-long celebration of June Jordan’s work. 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?


Tongo Eisen-Martin, Poet

tanea lunsford lynx, City College of San Francisco

Chiyuma Elliott, UC Berkeley

John Mundell, UC Berkeley

This year’s Critical Conversations series, Catching up with June: Celebrating the Life and Legacy of June Jordan, 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. You can watch and share this year’s recorded events on the Department of African American Studies Youtube channel: A Place of RageSkyrise: June Jordan’s Architectural Imaginary and Black Girlhood, Truth & Transformation. Information on upcoming Critical Conversations can be found here.