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
THE EVENT IS NOW AT CAPACITY!
Keynote Speaker: Mitchell S. Jackson
Growing 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 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.
Opening Talk: April Hathcock
April 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.”