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CUNY remains a vital epicenter of scholar-organizers who hone contemporary strategies by recovering the historical legacies of Black~Puerto Rican~Third World Feminist Studies and movements that emerged in the 1960s and '70s.

We will hear about Johanna Fernández's new book The Young Lords: A Radical History, as well as from Vani Kannan on a cultural history of the Third World Women’s Alliance, and from Carmen Kynard on CUNY Black feminist literacies. The Young Lords: A Radical History was published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2020. Bonus! Use coupon code 01DAH40 to save 40% on the book purchase.

This event is organized as part of Conor Tomás Reed's residency at Wendy's Subway, Radiating Black~Puerto Rican~Feminist Studies from the City University of New York to the Americas and the Caribbean, and is co-sponsored by Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative from the Center for the Humanities at The Graduate Center, CUNY.

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Johanna Fernández is Associate Professor of History at Baruch College (CUNY) and author of The Young Lords: A Radical History. Dr. Fernández’s Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) lawsuit against the NYPD, led to the recovery of the "lost" Handschu files, the largest repository of police surveillance records in the country, namely over one million surveillance files of New Yorkers compiled by the NYPD between 1954-1972, including those of Malcolm X. She is editor of Writing on the Wall: Selected Prison Writings of Mumia Abu-Jamal and writer and producer of the film, Justice on Trial: the Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal. Her awards include the Fulbright Scholars grant to the Middle East and North Africa, which took her to Jordan; and a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship in the Scholars-in-Residence program at the Schomburg Center. She directed and co-curated, ¡Presente! The Young Lords in New York, an exhibition in three NYC museums cited by the New York Times as one of 2015’s Top 10, Best In Art. Fernández received a B.A. in Literature and American Civilization from Brown University and a Ph.D. in U.S. History from Columbia University. She’s the host of A New Day, WBAI’s morning show, from 7-8am, M-TH, at 99.5 FM in New York.

Vani Kannan
is Assistant Professor of English at Lehman College (CUNY), where she teaches courses in composition, literature, and creative writing; co-directs Writing across the Curriculum; and serves on the steering committee for Women’s and Gender Studies. Vani’s research, writing, and organizing draw inspiration from radical transnational/women-of-color feminisms, pedagogies, literacies, and cultural productions. Her work on post-9/11 hate crimes and South Asian cultural politics in the U.S. has appeared in Studies on Asia and Enculturation; an article based on her her archival research on the Third World Women’s Alliance is forthcoming in Writers: Craft & Context; and an article collaboratively-written with two students focused on survivor accountability and anti-racist pedagogy is forthcoming in Radical Teacher. Her creative writing has appeared in journals including Alba: A Journal of Short Poetry and Mobius: The Journal of Social Change.

Carmen Kynard
is the Lillian Radford Chair in Rhetoric and Composition and Professor of English at Texas Christian University. She interrogates race, Black feminisms, AfroDigital/African American cultures and languages, and the politics of schooling with an emphasis on composition and literacies studies. Her award-winning book, Vernacular Insurrections: Race, Black Protest, and the New Century in Composition-Literacy Studies, makes Black Freedom a 21st century literacy movement. Her current projects focus on young Black women in college, Black Feminist/Afrofuturist imaginatiom, and AfroDigital Humanities learning. Carmen traces her research and teaching at her website, “Education, Liberation, and Black Radical Traditions."


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CUNY sigue siendo un epicentro vital de académicas-organizadoras que perfeccionan las estrategias contemporáneas recuperando los legados históricos de los estudios y movimientos feministas negros, puertorriqueños y del Tercer Mundo que surgieron en las décadas de 1960 y 1970.

Escucharemos sobre el nuevo libro de Johanna Fernández The Young Lords: A Radical History (Los jóvenes señores: una historia radical), así como de Vani Kannan sobre una historia cultural de la Alianza de Mujeres del Tercer Mundo y de Carmen Kynard sobre CUNY alfabetizaciones feministas afro-descendientes.

The Young Lords: A Radical History fue publicado por University of North Carolina Press en 2020.
¡Bono! Use el código de cupón 01DAH40 para ahorrar un 40% en la compra del libro.

Este evento se organiza como parte de la residencia de Conor Tomás Reed en Wendy's Subway, Radia​ndo​ ​Estudios ​Afro-descendientes~Puertorriqueñ​xs​~Feminist​as​ de la Universidad Pública de Nueva York a las Américas y el Caribe.