The LACUNY Institute Planning Committee invites you to mark your calendars for the 2016 LACUNY Institute on May 20, 2016 at Brooklyn College.

LACUNY Institute 2016

Race Matters: Libraries, Racism, and Antiracism

Date: May 20, 2016

Location: Brooklyn College, City University of New York



Keynote Speaker: Mitchell S. Jackson

Jackson_M_Credit_Cole Bennetts_#1Growing up in early ’90s Portland, award-winning author Mitchell S. Jackson’s life seemed destined for hardship. But after serving 16 months in prison for selling drugs, the story flipped: Jackson returned to college, earned an MFA, and electrified readers with his debut novel The Residue Years. Now he talks on what it means to be poor and black in America—and how diligence, ambition, and education can revise a life.

Jackson spends time speaking in prisons and youth facilities and for social programs. He has given keynote addresses, readings, and talks at institutions including Yale University, Brown University, and Middlebury College, as well as part of the TED Conference, The Sydney Writers Festival, the PEN Faulkner benefit gala.

Jackson is the recipient of a 2016 Whiting Award. His debut novel, The Residue Years, won the Ernest J. Gaines Award, and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award, the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and the Flaherty Dunnan First Novel Prize. The book was also hailed as “powerful” and “full of impossible hope” by The New York Times Book Review. It also secured Jackson fellowships from the Lannan Foundation and the Center for Fiction. And his nonfiction work about his family, Survival Math, is due in 2017.

Jackson received an MA in writing from Portland State University and an MFA in Creative Writing from New York University, and now serves on the faculty at NYU and Columbia University. A Portland, Oregon native, he now lives in New York.




Opening Talk: April Hathcock

-15-0078 035April M. Hathcock, JD, LLM, MLIS, Scholarly Communication Librarian at New York University. Formerly a corporate attorney, she now researches ownership, rights, and diversity in scholarship and libraries. Her recent publications include “White Librarianship in Blackface: Diversity Initiatives in LIS.”

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