Past Event

Farah Jasmine Griffin Conference: "Flowin": Breakthroughs in Black Feminist Jazz & Literary Studies

September 23, 2022 - September 24, 2022
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Join Yale's Black Sound & the Archive
for an historic gathering of world renowned speakers, panels, and musical performances
in celebration of the pathbreaking scholarship of Professor Farah Jasmine Griffin, Yale PhD '92.

Friday, September 23rd and Saturday, September 24th
in-person at the Yale Schwarzman Center
President's Room and The Underground
168 Grove St, New Haven, CT 06511

This gathering will mark Professor Griffin's extraordinary academic and public-facing achievements as a Black feminist culture critic as well as her longstanding commitment to cutting-edge research and passionate, transformative mentorship which have galvanized an entire generation of scholars working in literary studies, cultural studies, and jazz studies. See attached conference schedule for details.

Registration required

Farah Jasmine Griffin is the William B. Ransford Professor of English and Comparative Literature and African American Studies at Columbia University, where she also served as the inaugural Chair of the African American and African Diaspora Studies. Professor Griffin received her B.A. in History & Literature from Harvard and her Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale. She is the author or editor of eight books including Who Set You Flowin?: The African American Migration Narrative (Oxford, 1995), If You Can’t Be Free, Be a Mystery: In Search of Billie Holiday (Free Press, 2001), and Harlem Nocturne: Women Artists and Progressive Politics During World War II (Basic Books, 2013).

Griffin collaborated with composer, pianist, Geri Allen and director, actor S. Epatha Merkerson on two theatrical projects, for which she wrote the book: The first, “Geri Allen and Friends Celebrate the Great Jazz Women of the Apollo,” with Lizz Wright, Dianne Reeves, Teri Lyne Carrington and others, premiered on the main stage of the Apollo Theater in May of 2013. The second, “A  Conversation with Mary Lou” featuring vocalist Carmen Lundy, premiered at Harlem Stage in March 2014 and was performed at The John F. Kennedy Center in May of 2016. Her most recent book, Read Until You Understand: The Profound Wisdom of Black Life and Literature was published by W.W. Norton in September 2021. Griffin is a 2021-22 Guggenheim Fellow and Mellon Foundation Fellow in Residence.

Yale's Black Sound & the Archive Working Group,

This conference has been made possible through the generous support of:

Yale Black Sound & the Archive Working Group
Yale University Office of the Dean of the Humanities
The Schwarzman Center at Yale
Columbia African American and African Diaspora Studies Department
Columbia University Center for Jazz Studies
Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University
Yale Department of African American Studies
Yale Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration
Yale Institute of Sacred Music
Yale School of Music
Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Yale Program in Public Humanities
Yale Initiative on Labor & Culture
Yale School of Art
Yale Department of English
Yale's David Geffen School of Drama
Yale Department of Music
Yale's Gilder Lehrman Center
Yale Department of History
Yale Program in Theater & Performance Studies
Yale Program in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Yale Program in American Studies

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