Join the African American Studies Department at The Pennsylvania State University for the final event of its Sawyer Seminar Series, a conference of the same theme—Racial Disposability and Cultures of Resistance—to take place on October 10-12, 2019 at the Penn Stater in State College, PA.

The conference aims to explore how practices, institutions and laws demographically distribute and neglect civil rights, concentrating the use of force and threat of incarceration on particular communities with limited recourse to investigation and remedy. The series also explores how black communities, particularly youth, artists, and activists, have produced a rich repertoire of aesthetic practices, popular cultural movements, and activist traditions that refute the normalizing logic of racial disposability by asserting the creativity and resilience of Black life.

Invited speakers include Fred Moten (NYU), Lisa Cacho (U of Illinois), Roopali Mukherjee (CUNY), and Eric King Watts (UNC Chapel Hill). The three-day event will feature panels, roundtables, film screenings, and performances. To check out the lineup and register, visit

For questions, contact graduate coordinator Morgan K. Johnson at

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