Frank Wilderson: The Politics of Pessimism in an Anti-Black World
Frank Wilderson's insistence that there is an unresolvable antagonism between the world (as we know it) and blackness has generated important discussions within and outside of the academy. In this webinar, hosted by African and African American Studies and the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University, Wilderson will offer reflections from his new book, "Afropessimism," followed by a discussion with co-moderators, Anne-Maria Makhulu and Joseph Winters, and with participants.
Frank B. Wilderson, III is professor and chair of African American Studies, and a core faculty member of the Culture & Theory Ph.D. Program at UC Irvine; and an award-winning writer whose books include Afropessimism (Liveright/W.W. Norton 2020); Incognegro: A Memoir of Exile and Apartheid (Duke University Press 2015); and Red, White, & Black: Cinema and the Structure of U.S. Antagonisms (Duke University Press 2010). He spent five and a half years in South Africa, where he was one of two Americans to hold elected office in the African National Congress during the apartheid era. He also was a cadre in the underground. His literary awards include The American Book Award; The Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Legacy Award for Creative Nonfiction; The Maya Angelou Award for Best Fiction Portraying the Black Experience in America; and a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship. Wilderson was educated at Dartmouth College (A.B Government and Philosophy), Columbia University (MFA/Fiction Writing), and UC Berkeley (PhD/Rhetoric).