- February 11, 2016
- 7:00 pm
California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
TICKETS $15/$20 at the door
Race. A four-letter word. The greatest social divide in American life, a half-century ago and today. During that time, the United States has seen the most dramatic demographic and cultural shifts in its history, what can be called the colorization of America. But the same nation that elected its first Black president on a wave of hope-another four-letter word-is still plunged into endless culture wars.
How do Americans see race now? How has that changed and not changed over the half-century? After eras framed by words like "multicultural" and "post-racial," do we see each other any more clearly?
In Who We Be: The Colorization of America, author Jeff Chang has remixed comic strips and contemporary art, campus protests and corporate marketing campaigns into a powerful, unusual, and timely cultural history of the idea of racial progress, bringing fresh energy, style, and sweep to the essential American story.
"Here is the story of us, from the bottom up, the top down, and side-to-side-an astoundingly astute collage of forgotten battles brought to light and watershed events made new by Chang's analysis. Who We Be is essential reading-not this season or this year, but until the audacity of post-racism kicks in." -Adam Mansbach, New York Times bestselling author of Rage is Back and Go the F*ck to Sleep
Adam Mansbach is a novelist, screenwriter, cultural critic and humorist. He is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Go the Fuck to Sleep, named Time Magazine's 2011 "Thing of the Year." Mansbach's 2013 novel, Rage is Back, was named a Best Book of the Year by National Public Radio and the San Francisco Chronicle; his previous novels include The End of the Jews and the cult classic Angry Black White Boy, or the Miscegenation of Macon Detornay.
Jeff Chang's first book was the award-winning Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation. He has been a USA Ford Fellow in Literature and was named by The Utne Reader one of "50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World." He is the executive director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University.
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