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Fantasies of Empathy and the Age of Trump
Sept. 22, 2017
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: Crescent Room, 9th floor Vaughn
Sponsored by the Department of English and Writing
About Alisha Gaines
Alisha Gaines is an assistant professor of English at Florida State University. She is the author of Black for a Day: White Fantasies of Race and Empathy (UNC Press 2017). With a doctorate in English and certificate in African American and African Studies from Duke University, a Carter G. Woodson Postdoctoral Fellowship in African and African American Studies from the University of Virginia, and a life-long fandom of Michael Jackson, Gaines teaches courses in queer theory, African American literature and culture, black protest, Shakespeare, black humor, Oprah and the South.
About the Presentation
Title: Fantasies of Empathy and the Age of Trump
We are in seemingly unprecedented times. Alisha Gaines will detail how her unique, genealogical history of cross-racial experiments in empathy can teach us about allyship, intentionality, politics, and race-even today.