David Ikard – Public Lecture

Thursday, November 14, 2019
Kulynych Auditorium/Porter Byrum Welcome Center
Time: 5:30—7:00 pm

Dr. Ikard will address the major themes in his 4th book, Loveable Racists, Magical Negroes & White Messiahs. Engaging with issues of white blindness/white redemption narratives across mediums like lit, film, social media, politics, and human rights movements, Ikard dismantles popular white supremacist tropes, which devalue black life and trivialize black oppression.

Professor Ikard is Professor of African American and Diaspora Studies. His research and teaching interests include African American Literature, black feminist criticism, hip hop culture, black masculinity, and whiteness studies.  He is the author/co-author of four books, including Breaking The Silence: Toward a Black Male Feminist Criticism (2007)Nation of Cowards: Black Activism in Barack Obama’s Post-Racial America (2012),  co-authored with Martell Teasley and winner of the Best Scholarly Book Award by  DISA  in 2013, Blinded by the Whites: Why Race Still Matters in 21st-Century America (2013).  His essays have appeared in African American ReviewMELUS , Palimpsest, African and Black Diaspora Journal, The Journal of Black Studies, and  Obsidian III.