Nikky Finney Series Virtual Event
February 21, 2022, 5:00 p.m.
On March 5, 2021, award-winning poet and activist Nikky Finney joined University of Minnesota Poet/Professor Douglas Kearney for the first in a three-part series of events, a conversation called, The Insurgent Sensualist: Truth and Beauty in Social Change. The event featured Finney’s recent book, Love Child’s Hotbed of Occasional Poetry, which collects poems, essays, photographs, and everyday artifacts between its covers. Like the book, Finney and Kearney’s conversation stirred up ideas about the beautiful truths in art that confront everyday brutality and seek, via activism on and off the page, to change these social realities.
For the second event of the series, Professor Kearney and Associate Vice Provost Virajita Singh joined with Finney and many local community partners to co-imagine/co-develop a project that maps collective hotbeds of joy and pain in Minnesota and the Twin Cities. This mapping, which centers community input and collaboration, drives us to ask:
-What does it mean to follow “desire lines” that sometimes take us off the paths of a city’s systemic design?
-Where are the street-level intersections of our individual joys and pains?
-How might we locate these sites in order to transform them and ourselves via experiences emerging from the community?
For the final event of the Nikky Finney series, the co-imagined/co-developed mapping project will be shared and discussed publicly. Please join us on February 21, 2022, 5:00 p.m. for this virtual community-inspired event.
FREE and open to the public, registration required (link coming soon).
February 21, 2022, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
This event is sponsored by the Office of the President, Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, Office for Public Engagement, Robert J. Jones Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC), Office for Student Affairs, Office for Equity and Diversity, Institute for Advanced Study, Department of African American and African Studies, Black Faculty and Staff Association, Women’s Center, University of Minnesota Alumni Association, and University Libraries.
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