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NYU's Posmentier To Deliver 2018 Barber Lecture

Trina Vue '20, Communications & Marketing
Publication date: 
September 25, 2018

Sonya Posmentier, associate professor of English at New York University, will discuss "Black Reading: Lyrics Of The Color Line" on October 11.

Sonya Posmentier, associate professor of English at New York University, will deliver the 2018 Barber Lecture on Thursday, October 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the Raymond J. Lammers Proscenium Theatre, Humanities Fine Arts. Posmentier's talk, "Black Reading: Lyrics Of The Color Line," is free and open to the public.

About the Talk

Posmentier is at work on a new book, Black Reading, about the intersecting histories of black cultural studies and modern lyric theory. She will discuss this work in her public lecture.

About Posmentier

Posmentier is an associate professor of English at New York University, where she teaches classes on Black diasporic literature and culture.

Her first book, Cultivation and Catastrophe: The Lyric Ecology of Modern Black Literature (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017), argues that extreme environmental experiences such as hurricanes, floods, and earthquakes, as well as the slower social disaster of enforced agricultural enslavement, have shaped black modern literature and culture and, in particular, poetic forms.

Posmentier's essays and articles have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, American Literature, American Literary History, Public Books, and elsewhere. Posmentier has additionally published poems in Grey, The Seneca Review, and Perihelion.

She is also part of the NYU Sanctuary Campus Coalition.

About The Barber Lecture Series

The Barber Lecture Series is made possible by a gift to the University of Minnesota Morris from Laird Barber, professor emeritus of English, and the late Dorothy Barber.

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