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Writing the Black Diasporic City in the Age of Globalization

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Book cover for "Writing the Black Diasporic City in the Age of Globalization"

Writing the Black Diasporic City in the Age of Globalization

Carol Bailey, visiting professor of Black Studies, has a new book out. Writing the Black Diasporic City in the Age of Globalization was published by Rutgers University Press. In this work, Carol theorizes the city as a generative, “semicircular” social space in which the changes of globalization are most profoundly experienced. The fictive accounts she analyzes configure cities as spaces in which movement is simultaneously restrictive and liberating, and where life prospects are at once promising and daunting.

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In Memoriam: John H. Bracey, Jr.

A Pioneer of Black Studies

John Bracey Jr., founder of the W.E.B. Du Bois Afro-American Studies Department at UMass Amherst, has passed away at the age of 81. Professor Bracey played a key role in helping establish Amherst College’s Black Studies Department in 1971. Through his prolific and wide-ranging writing and research, he made significant contributions to Black studies, civil rights and activism during his five decades at UMass.

Born in Chicago, Professor Bracey obtained his BA from Roosevelt University before performing graduate work at Roosevelt and at Northwestern University. At UMass, Professor Bracey also chaired the Afro-American Studies Department, and served as co-director of the department’s graduate certificate in African Diaspora Studies.

In March of 2021, UMAss announced the John H. Bracey, Jr. Fellowship Fund, which “provides summer fellowship support for doctoral students in the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies.”

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