The tour continues
It’s been quite a ride since my last update.
October 26 Colgate University
October 29 Friends of the Library, Metropolitan Museum of Art
November 1 Smithsonian, National Museum of African Art, Washington, D.C.
November 3 Nightingale-Bamford School
November 9 Octavia Books, New Orleans @ 6 p.m.
My visit to Colgate was amazing. The students were engaged and the campus, in the grip of fall, especially beautiful. Three days later I was hosted at the Metropolitan Museum by the Friends of the Library. It’s not everyday that one is hosted in such an elegant and iconic setting by such interesting and discriminating New Yorkers. I’m exceedingly grateful.
It was also an honor to be on a panel with Michael Eric Dyson and Molefe Asante following the screening of Niyi Coker Jr.’s’s film “Ota Benga” at the Smithsonian Museum of African Art.
Two days later I visited the Nightingale-Bamford School on Manhattan’s Upper East Side where students and faculty peppered me with questions about Ota Benga and New York at the turn of the century.
I just returned from NOLA where my conversation with Tim Francis at Octavia Book Store marked the beginning of a beautiful friendship. And what’s not to love about New Orleans? Fried oysters, corn bread, spicy snapper. Wow.
Last night I addressed NYU faculty and grad students about “Teaching Race” at the Torch Club. It was great sharing stories about the challenges we face engaging race in a racially illiterate world.
November 21 Morgan Stanley Literary Brunch, The Cecil, Harlem
February 4-5 University of Rochester Frederick Douglass Institute
February 11 Dartmouth Hood Museum, in conversation with artist Fred Wilson
February 19-20 Black Portraitures Revisited, NYU, Washington Square
February 22 New York Historical Society, with James McBride @ 6:30 p.m.
March 8 The Princeton Club of New York, 6:30 reception, 7 p.m. lecture
March 15 The Lotos Club, New York City
April 14 NYU & New York Chapter of the Links, NYU – Washington Square, 6 p.m.