Amiri Baraka’s Poetry Topic at Abrams Lecture March 31

Poet Amiri Baraka’s writings have often served as social criticism and brought attention to the systemic oppression of black Americans. As part of a semester-long residency as Emeritus Visiting Professor M. H. Abrams, poet and theorist Fred Moten will deliver a lecture on radical black politics and the poetry of Baraka on Thursday, March 31 at 5 p.m. in the auditorium Kaufmann of Goldwin Smith Hall.

Moten’s lecture, “Nothing in the Way of Things”, will focus on Baraka’s poem”Something along the lines of things (in town)”; the Abrams Lecture is presented by the Department of Literatures in English at the College of Arts and Sciences. The conference will be open to in-person participation by members of the Cornell community (with Cornell ID). anyone can broadcast live the conference. Attendance guidelines are subject to change; to visit english.cornell.edu/english-events for current guidelines and more information.

In a 2017 interview with The Broolyn RailwayMoten, professor of performance studies and comparative literature at New York University, said that “Baraka was at the convergence of all these things that had interested me: music, experimental literature, black politics radicalism, philosophy and literary theory – he was there for all that, so he was the model for me.

Amanda Brockner is the MFA Graduate Program Coordinator in the Department of English Literatures.

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Jessica C. Bell