“From Medieval America to Modern”: On Being BIPOC and Making Meaning in White Disciplinary Spaces
Duke English and the ad-hoc committee on anti-racism invites you to join them for a talk by Duke English Ph.D. alum Cord Whitaker, Associate Professor of English at Wellesley and, author of Black Metaphors: How Modern Racism Emerged from Medieval Race-Thinking. Registration is required for this virtual talk.
During this presentation, Professor Cord J. Whitaker of Wellesley College, Duke Ph.D. '09, will speak about the intellectual journey that has led him to leading roles in advancing the field of critical medieval race studies. Dual passions for African American and medieval English literature and culture have directed Whitaker's expertise and career. Whitaker will speak about the transformation of interest into expertise, offering advice about how scholars can engage intellectual risk responsibly while meeting the needs of an ever more diverse student body. Moreover, Whitaker will discuss how scholars can serve as a resource for a public increasingly interested in matters of racial justice.
Cord J. Whitaker is Associate Professor of English at Wellesley College. Having published widely on medieval romance, religious conflict, and race, he is also the editor of "Making Race Matter in the Middle Ages," an acclaimed issue of postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies. Whitaker is the author of Black Metaphors: How Modern Racism Emerged from Medieval Race-Thinking (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019).