Hampshire College Celebrates the Life and Work of Andrew Salkey

Paul Gilroy will deliver a talk at this year’s Andrew Salkey Memorial Reading, to be held on Friday, March 29th from 4 through 5:30 PM at the Hampshire College Cultural Center. Scholar and historian of critical race studies and the Black Atlantic diaspora, Gilroy’s talk will be about the Black Arts in Britain between the riots in the 1980s and 2011. Currently Professor of American and English Literature at King’s College London, Gilroy is the author of many notable texts on African intellectual history in the context of the Black trans-Atlantic diaspora, including There Ain’t No Black In the Union Jack: The Cultural Politics of Race and Nation (1987), The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double Consciousness (1993), and most recently Darker Than Blue: On The Moral Economies of Black Atlantic Culture (2010). Gilroy’s talk is free and open to the public.

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Andrew Salkey giving a lecture at Hampshire College. Image courtesy of the Hampshire College Image, Sound and Text Archives

Vron Ware, a friend of Salkey’s and Gilroy’s partner, will also be visiting Hampshire. Ware, a Research Fellow in the Centre for Socio-Cultural Change (CReSC), and the Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG) at the Open University, will also deliver a talk on Thursday 29th of March at 5:30 in the Center for Feminisms. The title of her talk is “The Politics of Feminist Curiosity: ‘Considering how dangerous everything is, nothing is really very frightening’.” Her research has delved into the intersections of race and feminist theory and practice and her published work includes such titles as Women and the National Front (1970), Beyond the Pale: White Women, Racism and History (1992), and Military Migrants. Fighting for YOUR country (2012). Ware’s talk is free and open to the public.

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A poster for one of Salkey’s speaking engagements in 1979. Scan courtesy of the Hampshire College Image, Sound and Text Archives

The Harold F. Johnson Library will be exhibiting materials related to Salkey, his life and his work on the 1st floor. This exhibit will feature copies of Salkey’s publications (which can be found in the library’s circulating collections) as well as materials from the Hampshire College Image, Sound and Text Archives such as photographs of Salkey, copies of foreign editions of his works and promotional materials from readings and lectures from Salkey’s career. This exhibit, which is also free and open to the public, will be up through the April 8. For more information about the exhibit, please contact the Archivist at 413.559.5761. For more information about the Archives, please take a look at the Archives’ website.

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A copy of a foreign-language edition of one of Salkey’s works. Scan courtesy of the Hampshire College Image, Sound and Text Archives

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