July 8, 2016

Fred Moten and Robin Kelley ask: Do black lives matter?



That’s poet and scholar Fred Moten kicking off a public discussion with historian and author Robin D.G. Kelley last year. The event was called “Do Black Lives Matter?” Especially given what’s happened this week, it is highly worth watching.

Fred Moten is the author of several books of poetry, including Arkansas and the National Book Award-nominated The Feel Trio, and works of scholarship including In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition and, with Stefano Harney, The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study. He’s a Guggenheim fellow, and he lives in Los Angeles and teaches at the University of California, Riverside.

Robin D.G. Kelley is the author of several books, including Thelonius Monk: The Life and Times of an American OriginalRace Rebels: Culture, Politics, and the Black Working Class, and Africa Speaks, America Answers: Modern Jazz in Revolutionary Times. He has taught at Columbia, NYU, and Oxford, among other universities, and was a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow.