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Manic Depression: A Poetics of Hesitant Sociology

Date: Thursday 3/30/2017
4 Week(s) ago
Time: 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Organizer: Jennifer Bajorek, Christoph Cox, Michele Hardest, Rachel Rubinstein, Lise Sanders ( )
Notes: The Eric N. Schocket Memorial Lecture on Class and Culture presents:


Thursday March 30, 2017
Main Lecture Hall
Franklin Patterson Hall
Hampshire College
Amherst, MA 01002

On Thursday, March 30, 2017, poet and theorist Fred Moten will deliver the 10th annual Eric N. Schocket Memorial Lecture on Class and Culture at Hampshire College.

Titled "Manic Depression: A Poetics of Hesitant Sociology," Moten's talk will engage with poet Rita Dove's rendering of David Walker's Appeal and social theorist Jared Sexton's deployment of that rendering. Moten will investigate the particular set of social forces and desires that result in and emerge from the seemingly simple phenomenon of black people looking at each other. Is that phenomenon an action or an event? Does that looking presuppose or produce subjects and objects? What work does such looking do on or for or to or against the world? In addressing these questions, Moten will contribute to an analysis of class struggle in black studies.

Following the lecture, Moten will present a poetry reading at 8pm in Memorial Hall, the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Fred Moten is Professor of English at the University of California, Riverside, where he teaches courses and conducts research in black studies, performance studies, poetics and literary theory. He is the author of In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition (University of Minnesota Press, 2003); Hughson's Tavern (Leon Works, 2009); B. Jenkins (Duke University Press, 2010); The Feel Trio (Letter Machine Editions, 2014), a finalist for the National Book Award and Los Angeles Times Book Prize and winner of the California Book Award for poetry; The Little Edges (Wesleyan University Press, 2015), a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, and The Service Porch (Letter Machine Editions, 2016).

For more information, please contact Linda Green at or 413-559-5362

The lecture hall is accessible. If you need special accommodations, please contact the Hampshire College Disability Services Office at 413-559-5498.
Location: Main Lecture Hall of Franklin Patterson Hall, Hampshire College

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