Twelfth National Black Writers Conference
“Harlem Nocturne: Illuminating Women Artists”
Farah Jasmine Griffin and Robert Reid-Pharr
Date: Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location: The Graduate Center; Room C197
365 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10016
As part of our John Oliver Killens Reading Series during Black History Month, Columbia University professor and author Farah Jasmine Griffin will discuss her recent book, Harlem Nocturne: Women Artists and Progressive Politics During World War II. Professor Griffin will be in conversation with Robert Reid-Pharr, Distinguished Professor of English and American Studies and director of the Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean (IRADAC) at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. The program will serve as a preconference program for the Twelfth National Black Writers Conference: “Black Writers Reconstructing the Master Narrative.”
About the Writer
(Short)Farah Jasmine Griffin is a professor of English and comparative literature and African American Studies at Columbia University, where she has served as director of the Institute for Research in African American studies. In addition to editing several collections of letters and essays she is the author of Who Set You Flowin’: The African American Migration Narrative (Oxford, 1995), If You Can’t Be Free, Be a Mystery: In Search of Billie Holiday (Free Press, 2001) and Clawing at the Limits of Cool: Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and the Greatest Jazz Collaboration Ever (Thomas Dunne, 2008).
(Long) Farah Jasmine Griffin is the William B. Ransford Professor of English and Comparative Literature and African-American Studies at Columbia University. She also serves as Program Director for the Schomburg Center’s Scholars-in-Residence Program. Professor Griffin received her B.A. from Harvard, where she majored in American History and Literature and her Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale. Griffin’s major fields of interest are American and African American literature, music, history and politics. The recipient of numerous honors and awards for her teaching and scholarship, in 2006–2007 Professor Griffin was a fellow at the New York Public Library Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. She is the author of Who Set You Flowin?: The African American Migration Narrative (Oxford, 1995), If You Can’t Be Free, Be a Mystery: In Search of Billie Holiday (Free Press, 2001) and coauthor, with Salim Washington, of Clawing at the Limits of Cool: Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and the Greatest Jazz Collaboration Ever (Thomas Dunne, 2008). She is also the editor of Beloved Sisters and Loving Friends: Letters from Addie Brown and Rebecca Primus (Knopf, 1999) coeditor, with Cheryl Fish, of Stranger in the Village: Two Centuries of African American Travel Writing (Beacon, 1998) and coeditor with Brent Edwards and Robert O’Meally of Uptown Conversations: The New Jazz Studies (Columbia University Press, 2004).
Griffin’s essays and articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, Harper’s Bazaar, Art Forum, and numerous other publications. She is also a frequent radio commentator on political and cultural issues. Professor Griffin’s most recent book, Harlem Nocturne: Women Artists and Progressive Politics During World War II, was published by Basic Books in September 2013.