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  • Wednesday, March 13, 2024 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Fisher-Bennett Hall Graduate Lounge (Room 330)

Dr. Whitaker's work in progress is an excerpt from his latest project, Justified: Fascism, Racism, and Freedom Lessons from Black AmericaJustified tells the stories of Black Americans who have resisted fascism in ways that target and respond to the ideological nature of successful fascistic regimes: successful fascisms seize and control the functions of daily life—from birth to death. The chapter focuses on Josephine Baker (1906-1975), a Black American-turned-French singer, dancer, and actress who is regularly recognized as the first Black megastar and also became a French war-hero for her espionage services in World War II. This chapter offers her far-too-little recognized medievalism as a strategy integral to her antifascist resistance, and one that directly engages fascistic concerns about birth.