"Jesters, Tricksters, Taggers, and Haints: Deciphering Spirit in the Afro-Hop, Pop-‘n-Lock Mock-Up Currently Rocking Apocalyptic Detroit"

Thursday, April 27, 2017
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM (ET)
CHS CHS 104 Chase Auditorium
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Distinguished Visitors Program

Distinguished Visitor James Perkinson, professor in social ethics and theology, Ecumenical Theological Seminary, Detroit, MI 

The not-so-funny-prophecy the fool-of-the-hour foreshadows now is a level of emergency humanity has never before faced.  We are using things up and converting them into garbage far faster than the earth can absorb, swallow, compost, incubate, and re-birth as life and viability. In the face of such, it will not do to “disappear,” ever more frenzied with fascination, into our socially-mediated techno-denials.  The planet is rapidly careening into a resolute necessity to eliminate us as a species.  In addressing such, I will speak from the desperation of post-bankruptcy Detroit, poster-child of de-industrialization, love-child in media glitz of ruin-porn and gentrifiers, but also DYI-delirious in Afro-led resilience and irrepressible street savvy, making beauty out of rust.   No simple answers offered here, but rather a return to fierce ancestry and ribald embodiment.

Tea at 4:15 p.m. 

Sponsored by the Department of Anthropology in conjunction with the Distinguished Visitors Program

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