DeRoy Lecture - Spring 2017

Tavia Nyong'o (Yale University): "Decrypting Blackness: Kitchen Steve and 'The Brother from Another Planet'"

Wayne State University Student Center  

Room 285

3 pm - 5 pm


Tavia Nyong’o is Professor of African American Studies, American Studies, and Theater Studies at Yale University. He works in contemporary aesthetic and critical theory with a particular attention to the visual, musical, and performative dimensions of blackness, as well as to the affective and technocultural dimensions of modern regimes of race. His first book, The Amalgamation Waltz: Race, Performance, and the Ruses of Memory(Minnesota, 2009), won the Errol Hill Award for best book in African American theatre and performance studies. He is completing a study of fabulation in black aesthetics and embarking on another on queer wildness. Nyong’o has published in venues such as Radical History Review, CriticismGLQ, TDRWomen & Performance, WSQ, The NationTriple CanopyThe New Inquiry, and n+1. He is co-editor of the journal Social Text and the Sexual Cultures book series at New York University press. He regularly blogs at Bully Bloggers.

The DeRoy Lecture Series @ Wayne State University

The English Department’s holds a yearly lecture series called the DeRoy Lecture series, coordinated by our endowed DeRoy Chair, Professor Steven Shaviro.  Professor Shaviro arranges 2-4 DeRoy Lectures each term, inviting a variety of prominent scholars in literature, film, rhetoric, and critical/cultural theory to spend a day at Wayne State that includes a meeting with graduate students and a public lecture.  Past DeRoy lecturers have included Patricia MacCormack (Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge), Ian Bogost (Georgia Institute of Technology), Heather Love (University of Pennsylvania), and Tom Gunning (University of Chicago). 

Click here for a complete list of previous DeRoy Lecture speakers.