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Literary scholar Adrienne Brown finds a surprising vantage point on the history and dynamic of modern race relations through that uniquely American architectural form, the skyscraper. In stories by Henry James, W. E. B. Dubois, and others, Brown sees a fascination with these towering structures, particularly with the new – if disorienting – view audacious buildings offered on urban communities, and their potential for removing racial divides. Join the University of Chicago professor for a compelling discussion of architecture and race.
Biography of Speaker/Presenter:
Adrienne Brown is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Chicago. She is one of the editor, along with Valerie Smith, of Race and Real Estate, forthcoming from Oxford University Press this August. She is currently finishing a book tentatively titled, The Black Skyscraper: Race, Writing and the Shape of Modern Architecture that recovers the early skyscraper’s central role in shaping racial perception and literary form in the late 19th and early 20th century. Her work has appeared in JML, Criticism, The Journal for Popular Music Studies and American Literature.
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