About this CUNY Adjunct Incubator Project

As part of a research project supported by the CUNY Adjunct Incubator, Conor Tomás Reed, an Adjunct Professor in the Africana Studies and American Studies departments at Brooklyn College, will continue to develop research, as well as present and publish work on Black and Puerto Rican women’s teaching archives from CUNY to the Americas and the Caribbean.

For over a dozen years Conor Tomás Reed has researched and participated in several waves of CUNY movements, and for the last several years Reed has sustained freedom learning from collaborations with teachers/students, artists, and publishers in Argentina, Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and the United States. For the 2019-2020 academic year, Reed will deepen these relationships by sharing material from a newly completed dissertation—a community-sourced project that will now boomerang back outwards for feedback and continual activation.   

In October and November 2019, Reed will present work at conferences for the Association for the Study of Arts of the Present (ASAP) and the National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA). With a Latin American publishing partnership, Reed will translate and print a collection of essays, poems, and teaching materials by Audre Lorde, Toni Cade Bambara, and June Jordan alongside material by Afro-descended Caribbean and Latin American feminists. Reed will also coordinate a Spring 2020 symposium on Black Women’s Studies in Havana, Cuba, to share this publication and invite presentations by popular education groups, which will be documented to circulate with CUNY movement networks upon return.


Conor Tomás Reed presenting archival research with Co-Editor Makeba Lavan on the CUNY teaching materials of Toni Cade Bambara for the Lost & Found Series VII launch and publication of Toni Cade Bambara: "Realizing the Dream of a Black University,” & Other Writings (Parts I & II)


This project is part of the CUNY Adjunct Incubator and is co-sponsored by the Center for the Humanities and the Gittell Urban Studies Collective at the Graduate Center, CUNY.

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