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La Marr Jurelle Bruce and Fred Moten in Conversation

September 30 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Black-and-white image of a dark-skinned black person positioned before a white backdrop. Their kinky black hair is pinned in a massive asymmetrical updo and the title How to Go Mad without Losing Your Mind is superimposed over that hair in white text. The figure has French words painted in white across their face⁠—and eyes that cast a serene, knowing gaze.
How to Go Mad Without Losing Your Mind: Madness & Black Radical Creativity (Duke, 2021)
Reading by author
(University of Maryland, American Studies)
How to Go Mad Without Losing Your Mind: Madness & Black Radical Creativity (Duke, 2021)
Followed by a conversation with FRED MOTEN
(NYU, Performance Studies)
Thursday, September 30. 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.


Black-and-white image of a light-skinned black man photographed from the chest up and looking directly into the camera. He wears a curly Afro, Van Dyke facial hair, and white button-down shirt.

La Marr Jurelle Bruce is an interdisciplinary humanities scholar, cultural and literary critic, black/Black studies devotee, Bronx native, first-generation college graduate, and Associate Professor of American Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. He has published work on black expressive culture in such venues as African American Review, American Quarterly, The Black Scholar, GLQ, and Social Text. His first book, How to Go Mad without Losing Your Mind: Madness and Black Radical Creativity, debuted in June on Duke University Press. The Afromantic, his second project, will yield a cultural history, critical theory, aesthetic expression, and existential assertion of black love amid and against antiblackness.

Fred Moten works in the departments of performance studies and comparative literature at New York University. His latest book, written with Stefano Harney, is All Incomplete (Minor Compositions/Autonomedia, 2021).

Co-sponsors: NYU Center for Black Visual Culture + Institute for African American Affairs; Proclaiming Disability Arts; NYU Office of Global Inclusion, Diversity, and Strategic Innovation


This is a Zoom webinar. CART and ASL are provided. (Please note: if you require captioning and ASL simultaneously, we recommend using a laptop or desktop computer, and not a tablet or smartphone.) For other accommodations, please indicate on your RSVP form.



September 30
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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