Jun 21-23, 2024

Black Utopias

Emmy award winning local author Janus Adams sits in conversation with leading American historian Nell Irvin Painter and PEN nominated author Aaron Robertson, to reflect on the experimental spaces and imaginitive ways Black Americans have dreamed of better worlds. Robertson's non-fiction debut The Black Utopians: Searching for Paradise and the Promised Land in America, is forthcoming in October 2024, whilst Nell Irvin Painter's latest publication I Just Keep Talking: A Life in Essays was released this spring.

Artwork: Self Portrait by Nell Irvin Painter

Jun 23, 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Tusten Theatre, 210 Bridge St, Narrowsburg, New York

Nell Irvin Painter

Nell Irvin Painter, Edwards Professor of American History, Emerita, Princeton University, is the author of books of history including the New York Times bestseller The History of White People; Sojourner Truth, A Life, A Symbol; and the National Book Critics Circle finalist Old in Art School: A Memoir of Starting Over. A Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences since 2007, she has received honorary degrees from Yale, Wesleyan, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Dartmouth. After a Ph.D. in history from Harvard, she earned degrees in painting from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers and the Rhode Island School of Design. Nell Painter lives and works in East Orange, New Jersey, and has made artists’ books in residencies such as MacDowell, Yaddo, Ucross, and Bogliasco. She currently serves as Madame Chairman of MacDowell.

Janus Adams

Award-winning journalist, historian, producer, and publisher, Janus Adams is the author of eleven books and creator of the groundbreaking BackPax children’s book-and-audio series. A scholar of African American and women’s history, Adams specializes in putting current events into historical perspective. Her syndicated column appears under her own byline. She is also host of The Janus Adams Radio Show on WJFF Radio Catskill

Aaron Robertson

Aaron Robertson is a writer, translator, and editor from Detroit. Before joining Spiegel & Grau in 2020, he was an editor at Literary Hub. His translation of Igiaba Scego’s novel Beyond Babylon (Two Lines Press, 2019) was shortlisted for multiple awards, including the PEN Translation Prize and the National Translation Award. He is a board member of the American Literary Translators Association. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Detroit Metro Times, the Nation, Foreign Policy, n+1, and more.

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