French History

PARIS NOIR, The African American History of Paris, talk by Tristan Cabello

Thursday 17th January 2019 — 7:00pm to 9:30pm

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This talk chronicles the lives and experiences of African American expatriates who chose to live in Paris. Since World War I, a tightly knit community of black American writers, artists, musicians and political exiles found in Paris the creative and personal freedom denied to them back home. Many of them are well-known: Richard Wright, James Baldwin, Claude McKay, Josephine Baker, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Sidney Bechet, Quincy Jones, Jean-Michel Basquiat. They fit into a vibrant Left Bank community that maintained close ties with Camus, Cocteau, Sartre, de Beauvoir. For these exiles, Paris symbolized a color-blind society. These African American expatriated rejected not only American society, but also their victimized status in the US. The exchange between the unique community and the transformation affecting black Americans in the states profoundly changed the African diaspora. 

ABOUT THE LECTURER Tristan Cabello is Assistant Director of the Master of Liberal Arts at Johns Hopkins University, where he teaches Critical Theory, Queer Studies and African-American Studies. From 2014 to 2018, he directed the Department of American Studies at American University, Washington DC. Born and raised in France, he received his Ph.D from Northwestern University. 

This event will be in English. Light refreshments after the Q&A session.

AFDC Member / Culture Pass: $10 + Processing Fees  - General Admission: $15 + Processing Fees .

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2 hours street parking from 7:30am to 8:30pm.

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