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Public Lecture—The Corner: Spatial Aesthetics and Black Bodies in Place

Friday, January 18 at 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Lawrence Hall, Room 206
1190 Franklin Boulevard, Eugene, OR

Speaker: Brandi Thompson Summers, Assistant Professor of African American Studies, Virginia Commonwealth University

Summers' talk will focus on public space and describe the ways in which various forms of power and the aestheticization of everyday life are linked to the control of space and place. She considers the production of racial aesthetics through the management of black excess along the H Street NE corridor, a historic and rapidly gentrifying area of Washington, DC. She'll discuss the multiple ways black bodies inhabit the street in an intimate manner and how public space is transformed by private acts often deemed aberrant. Where physical imaginations of the street are enforced as linear, blackness renders the street a site of paranoia, crime, danger, and excitement.

About the speaker:
Brandi Thompson Summers is Assistant Professor of African American Studies and Associate Executive Director of the Institute for Inclusion, Inquiry and Innovation at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is also co-founder of TEXTURES, a pop-up material culture lab creating and curating content at the intersections of fashion, bodies, and the built environment.

This guest lecture is cosponsored by the College of Design's Equity and Inclusion Committee.