What do we let ourselves remember of the past? How do our memories and forgettings reflect who we want to be and shape who we can become? In Jim Crow Wisdom: Memory & Identity in Black America since 1940, Yale University historian Jonathan Scott Holloway weaves intimate personal and family memories into his analysis of broad social, cultural, and political phenomena, bringing readers along with him to explore race memory from the beginning of the modern civil rights era to the present. Watch a discussion of this exciting new book with Professor Holloway and Duke Professor of African & African American Studies Mark Anthony Neal.
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Jonathan Scott Holloway
Jonathan Holloway, Ph.D. Yale University, 1995, is the author of Confronting the Veil: Abram Harris Jr., E. Franklin Frazier, and Ralph Bunche, 1919-1941 (2002) and Jim Crow Wisdom: Memory and Identity in Black America Since 1940 (2013). He edited Ralph Bunche’s A Brief and Tentative Analysis of Negro Leadership (2005) and co-edited the anthology, Black Scholars on the Line: Race, Social Science, and American Thought in the 20th Century (2007), a Choice Outstanding Academic Title. He is a participant in the on-going symposium, “The Futures of Atlantic Intellectual History,” and is editing a new version of W.E.B. Du Bois’s The Souls of Black Folk (2014). A specialist in post-emancipation United States history with a focus on cultural and intellectual history, Holloway received the William Clyde DeVane Award for Distinguished Scholarship and Teaching in Yale College in 2009. He is a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians and regularly leads summer seminars on Jim Crow and American citizenship for the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. He has been master of Calhoun College, one of Yale’s twelve residential colleges, since 2005. He is currently Dean of Yale College.
Mark Anthony Neal
Mark Anthony Neal is Professor of African & African American Studies and the founding director of the Center for Arts, Digital Culture and Entrepreneurship (CADCE) at Duke University where he offers courses on Black Masculinity, Popular Culture, and Digital Humanities, including signature courses on Michael Jackson & the Black Performance Tradition, and The History of Hip-Hop, which he co-teaches with Grammy Award Winning producer 9th Wonder (Patrick Douthit).
He is the author of several books including What the Music Said: Black Popular Music and Black Public Culture (1999), Soul Babies: Black Popular Culture and the Post-Soul Aesthetic (2002) and Looking for Leroy: Illegible Black Masculinities (2013). The 10th Anniversary edition of Neal’s New Black Man was published in February of 2015 by Routledge. Neal is co-editor of That's the Joint: The Hip-Hop Studies Reader (Routledge), now in its second edition. Additionally Neal hosts the video webcast "Left of Black", which is produced in collaboration with the John Hope Franklin Center at Duke. You can follow him on Twitter at @NewBlackMan.