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South LA Reads Iola Leroy Guest Speakers Series

Professor Richard Yarborough (UCLA)

October 22 Thursday 8-9am PDT

In this presentation, Professor Yarborough examines the roots of ideas regarding alleged racial differences in the institution of chattel slavery.  He also discusses how anti-black stereotypes grounded in justifications for slavery persisted in the United States after Emancipation.

Professor Yarborough teaches and conducts research on a wide range of issues relating to African American literature and to U.S. literature and culture more broadly. Particular topics on which he focuses in his classes and scholarship include African American literature before World War I, the representation of slavery in American culture, black writers and radical politics in the U.S., and the construction of race in American film and popular music.

Professor Yarborough’s talk is part of series of early African-American literature scholars who will be visiting the students. Our full schedule here. Please RSVP if you would like to attend. 



Dear Iola, Love South L.A.

Guest Speakers

South L.A. Reads Iola Leroy Guest Speakers Series invites scholars to explore topics related to students’ study of Frances E. W. Harper’s novel. The series is open to visitors of our communities: The Dickens Project, UCLA, USC, NAI, Foshay, and affiliated organizations and individuals. Read more here.

This series is a part of Dear Iola, Love South L.A., a LitLab production in collaboration with the Dickens Project, UCLA English Department, UHI & EPIC.



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