A Panel Discussion on Barry Jenkins's Moonlight

May 1, 2018
3:30 - 5:00 PM
Tawes Hall, Room 2115

A panel discussion with Augustus Durham, La Marr Bruce, and Hazim Smith, moderated by Juliius Fleming.

I. Augustus Durham is a 2018 PhD in English from Duke University. His dissertation, “Stay Black and Die: On Melancholy and Genius”, takes up black studies from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century, interrogating melancholy and how the affect catalyzes performances of excellence, otherwise known as genius. His work has been published in Black Camera: An International Film Journal, Palimpsest: A Journal on Women, Gender, and the Black International, and Journal of Religion and Health. The title of his presentation is: “'Certainly no clamor for a kiss.': When Black Men Touch."

Hazim Abdullah-Smith is a second-year Ph.D. student in the Department of American Studies. He is interested in Black diasporas, sexuality and cultural production. He earned his Bachelor's degree in African American Studies from Northwestern University. The title of his presentation is: "The Aquatic and Spaces of Intimacy in Moonlight."

La Marr Jurelle Bruce is an interdisciplinary humanities scholar, critical theorist, Afromanticist, and Assistant Professor of American Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. Winner of African American Review’s 2014 Weixlmann Prize, he writes and teaches about black expressive culture, global pop culture, American literature, protest art, queer theory, psychoanalysis, and their myriad intersections and convergences. His writing is featured or forthcoming in African American Review; Oxford Bibliographies in African American Studies; TDR: The Drama Review; No Tea, No Shade: New Writings in Black Queer Studies (Duke University Press, 2016); Social Text; and GLQ. Dr. Bruce is at work on two books: How to Go Mad without Losing Your Mind: Madness and Black Radical Creativity (Duke University Press, forthcoming) and The Afromantic. Title of Presentation: “The Shore/Unsure; or Loitering as a Way of Life.”

Julius B. Fleming, Jr. is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Maryland, College Park. Specializing in African Diasporic literatures and cultures, he has particular interests in performance studies, visual culture, sound studies, and medicine—especially where they intersect with race, gender, and sexuality. Julius is currently completing his first book manuscript, entitled “Black Patience: Performance and the Civil Rights Movement.” His work appears in Callaloo, American Literary History, Text and Performance Quarterly, The James Baldwin Review, and The Southern Quarterly. From 2016-2018, Julius will be in residence at the University of Virginia as a Carter G. Woodson Postdoctoral Fellow.

For more information contact: Mary Helen Washington (mhwash@umd.edu)