Americanist Colloquium--Sonya Posmentier, NYU

Apr 6, 2022, 4:30 pm4:30 pm
Zoom information:; Meeting ID: 948 2838 2536



Event Description

Lyric Education as a Practice of Freedom

This talk explores the poetry and pedagogy that emerged from organizing spaces of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee during the Voting Rights Campaign in the US South in 1963 and 1964: namely the SNCC mass meetings and Freedom Schools in Mississippi. Poetic reading practices emerging from this political movement not only shaped student demands later in the decade for university departments of Black Studies, but also developed a longstanding Black tradition of lyric education that we should understand as part of the literary history of twentieth century poetry as a genre.