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Louise W. and Edmund J. Kahn Liberal Arts Institute

The Louise W. and Edmund J. Kahn Liberal Arts Institute supports collaborative research among Smith and Five College faculty, Smith students, and visiting scholars without regard to the traditional boundaries of departments, programs and academic divisions. Each year the institute supports long- and short-term projects that are proposed, planned and organized by members of the Smith College faculty.

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"In the Wake: On Blackness and Being"

A Kahn lecture by Christina Sharpe, associate professor of English, Tufts University

In The Wake

Monday, February 20, 5 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

This lecture by Christina Sharpe will discuss and expand on her latest book, In the Wake: On Blackness and Being, which "interrogates literary, visual, cinematic, and quotidian representations of black life that comprise what she calls 'orthography of the wake'. Activating multiple registers of 'wake'--the path behind a ship, keeping watch with the dead, coming to consciousness--Sharpe illustrates how black lives are swept up and animated by the afterlives of slavery, and she delineates what survives despite such insistent violence and negation."

All invited; refreshments served.
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Apply NOW for Student Fellowships 2017-18

Kahn student open house
 

Sophomores and Juniors: Paid Research Positions for 2017-18

If you are a member of the Class of 2018 or 2019, you are invited to apply for a Student Fellowship in next year's longterm projects, War and Destroy then Restore: Transforming our Lands and Waters.

Application deadline: Friday, February 17.

Apply online (click here for the online application form) or via email. Read details here.