Herskovits At the Heart of Blackness

Featuring Q&A after film with Professor Vincent Brown, Harvard University, Co-producer of Herskovits

Mon, November 2, 2009 | Garrison Hall, Room 0.102

6:30 PM

Who owns cultural identity? Who controls how a people are studied and represented? Is there a “politics of knowledge”? This provocative new documentary explores these issues through the controversial career of one of the most influential scholars of the 20th century. Melville J. Herskovits (1895-1963) led a revolution in cultural anthropology, founded the first African Studies Association. His seminal work, The Myth of the Negro Past, tracing cultural retention between Africa and the Diaspora, continues to influence scholarship on black people. Leading philosophers, anthropologists, and historians including co-producer Vincent Brown, Kwame Anthony Appiah, and Johnetta Cole, discuss what it means that the son of Jewish immigrants played such a dominant role in shaping how Africa and Afican Americans have been viewed. -Vital Pictures

Free and Open to the Public

Sponsored by: The Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies,The Institute for Historical Studies and The Atlantic Seminar

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