"Free To... Be Black as Hell": Black Feminist Pedagogies and Writing Lives in the Makings of 21st Century Freedoms

October 3, 2019 - 3:00pm to 6:00pm

DBLAC's Inaugural Geneva Smitherman Black Life and Culture Lecture


Center for Urban Education Auditorium

4303 Wesley W. Posvar Hall

230 S. Bouquet Street Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Co-sponsored by Digital Black Lit and Composition (DBLAC), Communication (Agora Lecture Series), Enlish Department and its Composition program, and Professor Ronald Judy.

Light refreshments will be served. Book signing to follow the lecture.


Carmen Kynard is a Professor and the Lillian Radford Chair in Rhetoric and Composition and Professor of English at Texas Christian University. Before TCU, she worked in English and Gender Studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice as well as English, Urban Education, and Critical Psychology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She interrogates race, Black feminisms, AfroDigital/African American cultures and languages, and the politics of schooling with an emphasis on composition and literacies studies. She has taught high school with the New York City public schools/Coalition of Essential Schools, served as a writing program administrator, and worked as a teacher educator. She has led numerous professional development projects on language, literacy, and learning and has published in Harvard Educational Review, Changing English, College Composition and Communication, College English, Computers and Composition, Reading Research Quarterly, Literacy and Composition Studies and more. Her first book, Vernacular Insurrections: Race, Black Protest, and the New Century in Composition-Literacy Studies won the 2015 James Britton Award and makes Black Freedom a 21st century literacy movement. Her current projects focus on young Black women in college, Black Feminist/Afrofuturist digital vernaculars, and AfroDigital Humanities learning. Dr. Kynard traces her research and teaching at her website, “Education, Liberation, and Black Radical Traditions” (http://carmenkynard.org).


The bookstore will be present for registrants to purchase a copy of Dr. Kynard's book, Vernacular Insurrections: Race, Black Protest, and the New Century in Composition-Literacy Studies.