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Lowell Lecture

Imani Perry: South to America: A Journey Below the Mason Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation

Date & Time

March 1, 2023 at 7 p.m.

Location

Boston College - Gasson 100
140 Commonwealth Avenue Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
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Speaker(s)

Imani Perry

Presenting Organization

Boston College

Topics

Humanities

Contact

Chandler Shaw (shawcp@bc.edu, )

Born just nine years after the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama, Imani Perry was instilled from an early age with a strong instinct for justice and progressive change. The rich interplay between history, race, law, and culture continues to inform her work as a critically acclaimed author and the Hughes-Rogers Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University.

Perry’s work reflects the deeply complex history of Black thought, art, and imagination. It is also informed by her background as a legal historian and her understanding of the racial inequality embedded in American law. Her latest book, South to America: A Journey Below the Mason Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation, is a narrative journey through the American South, positioning it as the heart of the American experiment for better and worse. In looking at the South through a historic, personal, and anecdotal lens, Perry asserts that if we do indeed want to build a more humane future for the United States, we must center our concern below the Mason-Dixon Line. A “rich and imaginative tour of a crucial piece of America” (Publishers Weekly) that was named one of TIME‘s most anticipated books of 2022, it debuted on The New York Times bestsellers list.

Perry’s writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, New York Magazine, and Harper’s, among other publications. Future planned projects include an examination of African American theories of law and justice, and a meditation on the color blue in Black life. She earned her Ph.D. in American Studies from Harvard University, a JD from Harvard Law School, an LLM from Georgetown University Law Center and a BA from Yale College in Literature and American Studies.

Perry is a member of Black Artists for Freedom. She lives outside Philadelphia with her two sons.

Cosponsored by the Boston College African and African Diaspora Program, Law School, and History Department