Margo Jefferson: From “I” to “We”: The Role of the Citizen-Critic
May 30 • 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm• Free
Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and cultural critic, Margo Jefferson, will address the Oregon Humanities Center’s 2017-18 theme of “We the People” in her lecture From “I” to “We”: The Role of the Citizen-Critic 7:30 pm Wednesday, May 30 in 182 Lillis Hall on the UO campus.
Regarding her talk Jefferson says, “‘We the People’ is an affirmation, but it’s a provocation too. It provokes each of us as individuals, as ‘I’s who cherish our particular identities, to think about how those identities can join forces in a community. And by ‘forces’ I mean beliefs, achievements and dreams, but also uncertainties and conflicts: histories and traditions that often clash. ‘We the People’ are a nation of communities and cultures struggling hard to make sense of one another. What kind of ‘we’ is worth dreaming of and working for?”
Jefferson writes about her experiences growing up in post-war America as a member of a privileged African American family in her memoir, Negroland, a landmark work on privilege, discrimination, and the fallacy of post-racial America. She is an articulate voice critiquing race and culture in America.