Tracy Sharpley-Whiting | The Other Americans

Tracy Sharpley-Whiting | The Other Americans

Drawn from Bricktop’s Paris and its exploration of Black women expats in Paris, this talk explores the centrality of black women in our cultural imagination, despite their erasure, and Dr. Sharpley-Whiting’s own attempts to recover them, beginning with the volume, Black Venus. Dr. Tracy Sharpley-Whiting is the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Distinguished Professor of African American and Diaspora Studies and French at Vanderbilt University where she directs the Callie House Research Center for the Study of Global Black Cultures and Politics and chairs the Department of African American Studies. She is author/editor of 15 books and three novels, the latest of which include the L’Harmattan French edition, “La Vénus hottentote: écrits, 1810 à 1814, suivi des textes inédits”; the co-edited “Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism” (2018) and “Sexualités, identité & corps colonisés: XVe siècle – XXIe siècle” (2019), and “Bricktop’s Paris: African American Women Expatriates in Jazz-Age Paris and The Autobiography of Ada Bricktop Smith, or Miss Baker Regrets”, a 2015 American Library in Paris Book Award Long List nominee and Choice Outstanding Academic Title of 2015. She is currently working on a monograph, “Men I’d Like to Have Known.”

The From Slavery to Freedom Lab is based at the Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University with support from the Mellon Foundation’s Global Engagement Fund in the Duke Office of Global Affairs.