Sonya Posmentier, associate professor of English at New York University, will deliver the 2018 Barber Lecture 7:30 p.m. Thursday, October 11, in Edson Auditorium on the University of Minnesota Morris campus. Posmentier’s talk, “Black Reading: Lyrics Of The Color Line,” is free and open to the public.

Posmentier is at work on a new book about the intersecting histories of black cultural studies and modern lyric theory. She will discuss this work in her public lecture.

Her first book, Cultivation and Catastrophe: The Lyric Ecology of Modern Black Literature (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017), argues that extreme environmental experiences such as hurricanes, floods, and earthquakes, as well as the slower social disaster of enforced agricultural enslavement, have shaped black modern literature and culture and, in particular, poetic forms.

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