July 11, 2017

More Simply Human?: Blackness as a Mode of Relating

Members Only, RSVP Required
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
RSVP by July 7

Vanderbilt Suites
Met Life Building
200 Park Avenue
44th Street & Vanderbilt Avenue
(enter from Grand Central Terminal)
Buffet Dinner Will Be Served

Our Speakers

Michelle Stephens, PhD — Rutgers

Michelle Stephens is a Professor in the Departments of English and Latino and Caribbean Studies, and will begin her appointment as the Dean of the Humanities in July, at Rutgers University, New Brunswick.  Originally from Jamaica, West Indies, she graduated from Yale University with a Ph.D. in American Studies. She teaches undergraduate courses in African American, American, Caribbean and Black Diaspora Literature and Culture and graduate courses in Race and Psychoanalysis and Archipelagic American Studies. She is the author of Skin Acts: Race, Psychoanalysis and The Black Male Performer (Duke 2014) and Black Empire: The Masculine Global Imaginary of Caribbean Intellectuals in the United States, 1914 to 1962 (Duke University Press, 2005). Her essay collection, Archipelagic American Studies, co-edited with Brian Russell Roberts, and the exhibition catalog Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago, co-edited with Tatiana Flores, are both being released from Duke University Press this year. She is also a 2016 graduate of the Licensure Qualifying Program at The William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis and Psychology.

Directions to Vanderbilt Suites

From outside

If you are walking outside, arrive at East 44th Street and Vanderbilt Avenue (one block east of Madison Ave – you will see Grand Central Terminal). You will see La Fonda Del Sol on your right. Go in through the Met Life Building’s entrance that is located directly next to La Fonda and head up the escalators immediately in front of you. These will lead you directly to the Vanderbilt Suites.

From Grand Central Terminal

Lexington Avenue Line 4, 5, or 6 / Shuttle Train to 42nd Street/Grand Central. Exit subway – follow exit signs to Metro North or Grand Central Terminal. Once inside Grand Central Terminal, walk to the information booth in the center. Look - There are only one set of escalators. Take the escalators up one flight. Walk straight through the revolving doors, veering left and then go up the first escalator. Vanderbilt Suites will be on your left, directly in front of the elevators.


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