POSTPONED 112th: Irvin Hunt with Brent Hayes Edwards

Event date: 
06/23/2022 - 7:00pm

Join us **POSTPONED** Thursday, June 23rd at 7pm at Book Culture on 112th and Online for a conversation with Irvin J. Hunt on his new book, Dreaming The Present. Brent Hayes Edwards with join in conversation. New date TBD. **POSTPONED**

This event will be hybrid, with both in-person and virtual options to attend. In order to facilitate the in-person component of this author event, we will be partially closing the second floor starting at 7pm. Please review our COVID-19 Safety guidelines. Please register for the event using the link below. 


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This is a story of art and movement building at the limits of imagination. In their darkest hours, W. E. B. Du Bois, Ella Baker, George Schuyler, and Fannie Lou Hamer gathered hundreds across the United States and beyond to build vast, but forgotten, networks of mutual aid: farms, shops, schools, banks, daycares, homes, health clinics, and burial grounds. They called these spaces “cooperatives,” local challenges to global capital, where people pooled all they had to meet their needs. By reading their activism as an artistic practice, Irvin Hunt argues that their primary need was to free their movement from the logic of progress. From a remarkably diverse archive, Hunt extrapolates three new ways to describe the time of a movement: a continual beginning, a deliberate falling apart, and a simultaneity, a kind of all-at-once-ness. These temporalities reflect how a people maneuvered the law, reappropriated property, built autonomous communities, and fundamentally reimagined what a movement can be. Their movement was not the dream of a brighter day; it was the making of today out of the stuff of dreams. Hunt offers both an original account of Black mutual aid and, in a world of diminishing of futures, a moving meditation on the possibilities of the present.

Irvin J. Hunt is associate professor of English and African American studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.

Brent Hayes Edwards is a professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature and the Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University, where he teaches courses in African diasporic literature, black radical historiography, and jazz studies. 

Event address: 
Book Culture 112th
536 W 112th St
2nd Floor
New York, NY 10025
Virtual Link will be emailed out on the day of the event
Dreaming the Present: Time, Aesthetics, and the Black Cooperative Movement Cover Image
ISBN: 9781469667935
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Published: University of North Carolina Press - April 5th, 2022

Epistrophies: Jazz and the Literary Imagination Cover Image
ISBN: 9780674055438
Availability: On hand at one or more locations, see product page for details
Published: Harvard University Press - June 5th, 2017