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A Rose from Canfield

Thursday Lecture Series

dateOctober 13, 2022 timeThursday, 12:15pm–1:45pm EDT location The Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room, Columbia University locationVirtual Event
  • Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities
  • Free and open to the public
  • Registration required. See details.
Memorial for Michael Brown with the words "Hands up don't shoot, Aug. 9, 2014"

The Society of Fellows hosts the Thursday Lecture Series (TLS), which runs regularly throughout the academic year. The Fall Semester TLS, our Fellows present their own work, chaired by Columbia faculty.

A Rose from Canefield

Lecture by nyle fort
Chaired by Noam M. Elcott

On August 9, 2014, white police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed black teenager Michael Brown, Jr. To add insult to injury, the local police department left his lifeless body on the ground for over four hours. Canfield residents immediately took to the street to demand answers, express rage, and, as this lecture will explore, build a makeshift memorial. Throughout the Ferguson Rebellion, the memorial became a site of struggle that animated what Dr. nyle fort calls "makeshift politics." That is, a form of activism that challenges pressures to translate protest to policy, while insisting on the value of grassroots organizing, the building of beloved communities, and the persistence of collective grief. This talk invites attendees to think about the possibilities and challenges of this particular form of political engagement within contemporary black social movements.