Jessica Krug, "Fugitive Modernities: Black Political Imagination and Radical Silence"

Tuesday, October 1, 2019, 7 - 8:30pm

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"Regarding the September 3, 2020 news on Jessica Krug: The organizers of IDS are appalled to learn of the recent news that Jessica Krug’s professionalism and integrity are in question. We extended an invitation based on her published research at the time and defer to the statement from her academic institution on the matter."

Jessica A. Krug delivers a free, public lecture as part of the Fall 2019 Intra-Disciplinary Seminar series. Krug is an associate professor of history and Africana Studies at George Washington University and the author of Fugitive Modernities: Kisama and the Politics of Freedom (Duke University Press, 2018), currently a finalist for both the Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass book prizes.  She is a decolonial historian of Black political thought and action in West Central Africa and throughout the Americas, with a particular interest in non-state and fugitive societies, as well as hip hop cultures. 

The Fall 2019 IDS Lecture Series at The Cooper Union is organized by Leslie Hewitt and Omar Berrada. The IDS Public Lecture Series is part of the Robert Lehman Visiting Artist Program at The Cooper Union. We are grateful for major funding and support from the Robert Lehman Foundation for the series. The IDS Public Lecture Series is also made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. 


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