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.

Still ahead:

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.



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