When: Tue., Feb. 17, 5:30 p.m. 2015
Social critique is a crucial literary form. But what if we want to move beyond the current state of things? There’s no validity in arguing that we live in a post-racial world, but what would that world look like in writing? In The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind, a lecture presented at the Mills Hall Living Room (5000 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland) as part of the Contemporary Writers Series, socially engaged authors Helen Klonaris, Beth Loffreda, and Claudia Rankine will address that question. At 5:30 p.m. they will hold a reading, followed by a panel discussion at 6:45. The writers will delve into the question of whether it is possible to rid the imagination of racial biases, or whether we are too tethered to the world around us for that to be achieved. And if it’s not possible, how can we begin to imagine change and create new paradigms?