This event kicks off a month+ exploration of the 1619 Project. Join us as we learn from UCI scholars of African American studies, drama, history, law, and political scienc
The 1619 Project in 2020: A UCI Series
The 1619 Project, published by the New York Times, retells the history of the U.S. by foregrounding the arrival 401 years ago of enslaved Africans to Virginia. Through a series of essays, photos, and podcasts, the 1619 Project charts the impact of slavery on the country’s founding principles, economy, health care system, racial segregation of neighborhoods and schools, popular music and visual representations. Conversations around the 1619 project have served as a flashpoint for intensive ideological debates about its content and impact. It has been both widely lauded and subjected to critiques from academics, journalists, pundits and policymakers who challenge its accuracy and its interpretation of history. Conservative politicians even seek to defund schools that teach the project. What is the power of the 1619 Project to reframe our understanding of U.S. history and our contemporary society? How might we go beyond the 1619 Project to develop an even fuller understanding of the centrality of slavery and race in the U.S. and in the broader Atlantic world? Join us for a month-plus exploration of The 1619 Project, which culminates in the virtual visit of Nikole Hannah-Jones, the Pulitzer Prize winning author of the project, on October 29, 5:00pm PDT.
The 1619 Project series is presented by UCI Humanities Center and is co-sponsored by: UCI Illuminations: The Chancellor’s Arts & Culture Initiative, School of Humanities, Claire Trevor School of the Arts, School of Education, School of Law, School of Social Sciences, School of Social Ecology, UCI Libraries, Academic English, Composition Program, Center for Latin American Studies, Center on Law, Equality, and Race, Center for Medical Humanities, International Center for Writing and Translation, Literary Journalism and Center for Storytelling, Office of Inclusive Excellence, Student Affairs, Staff Assembly, AAPI Womxn in Leadership and Academic and Professional Women of UCI, and UCI Black Thriving Initiative.
To participate in The 1619 Project in 2020: Student Showcase (one minute reflection videos eligible for gift card drawings), Reflection Videos Due November 2. see bit.ly/1619Showcase
Photo Credit: Jason de Cares Taylor, "Vicissitudes" (2007)