Cal Poly will host public speaker and author Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, in Miossi Hall in the Performing Arts Center.
An assistant professor at Princeton University, Taylor specializes in the subjects of black politics, social movements and racial inequality in the United States. Her most recent book “From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation,” is a stirring and insightful analysis in which she surveys the historical and contemporary ravages of racism and the persistence of structural inequality such as mass incarceration and black unemployment. In this context, she argues that the new struggle against police violence holds the potential to reignite a broader push for black liberation.
In 2016, Taylor won the Lannan Cultural Freedom Award for an Especially Notable Book, and she was named one of the 100 most influential African-Americans in the United States by The Root. Her writing has been published in outlets such as The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Boston Review, Paris Review, The Guardian, The Nation, Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society, and Jacobin. She teaches in the department of African-American Studies at Princeton University. Taylor earned her doctorate in African-American Studies at Northwestern University in 2013. Her research has been supported by grants and fellowships from the Ford Foundation, Northwestern University, Princeton University and Lannan Foundation, among others.
This CLA Speaks event, sponsored by Cal Poly’s College of Liberal Arts (CLA) and Political Science Department, is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required, and seating is open. A book signing will follow Taylor’s talk.
Founded in 2015, CLA Speaks is the CLA’s annual speaker series. This interdisciplinary series showcases the ways that disciplines in CLA shape important and meaningful conversations about our world, our cultures and our imagination. For more information, visit: cla.calpoly.edu/claspeaks.