Join us for a lecture by David Todd Lawrence, English professor at the University of St. Thomas. In this presentation, Lawrence will explore and consider the possibilities of an unsettled and decolonized ethnography – one that surrenders rather than conquers, that opens up to rather than comprehends, that fails rather than succeeds.
David Todd Lawrence teaches African American literature and expressive culture, folklore studies, and cultural studies at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. An ethnographer, folklorist, and literary scholar – his work sits at the intersection of identity, narrative, community, and culture. Dr. Lawrence is also co-creator of the George Floyd and Anti-Racist Street Art Database and co-director of the Urban Art Mapping research project.
Recent work includes a chapter on police incident videos, social media, and black counter-narratives. He is co-author of When They Blew the Levee – an ethnographic study done in collaboration with former residents of Pinhook, Missouri, an African American town destroyed when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers intentionally breached the Birds Point levee during the Great Mississippi River Flood of 2011. This book, co-authored with Elaine Lawless, focuses on the persistence of community in the face of disaster and counter narratives of environmental and social justice. It was the winner of the 2019 Chicago Folklore Prize.
This event is free and open to the public.
Sponsored by the Center for Folklore Studies, with support from the Center for the Study of Religion.
Register for the zoom option here: https://osu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0kfu2hqjMsH9wiuKtXzLkFZzvXUWA2fWGd
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