Lecture / Reading

Allyson Hobbs: Far From Sanctuary: African American Travel in Twentieth-Century America

Sponsored by This talk is part of the year-long American Studies lecture series, “America on the Move”


Wednesday, March 13, 2019
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
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The Terrace Room, Room 426 (fourth floor) Margaret Jacks Hall (Bldg. 460)
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This talk takes mobility as its central theme and calls for a reconsideration of the automobile and its iconic role in American culture. How might the social and cultural meanings of travel and the car change once removed from their mythic place in Americana and placed in the context of African American life? The car and the ability to travel are emblematic of freedom and autonomy. What might they mean to people who have experienced countless forms of unfreedom and whose movements have been limited, controlled, and constrained? 

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A light lunch will be served