A headshot of a man next to his book cover, entitled Afropessimism

Frank B. Wilderson III: Afropessimism and the Status of the Subject


Copresented with the UCLA program in Experimental Critical Theory

Afropessimism, Frank B. Wilderson III’s unique work of literature, philosophy, and memoir, asks the question: why does race—in its myriad manifestations—seem to color almost every pore of our moral and political universe? This provocative question among others guides Wilderson’s exploration of Black suffering and how a perpetual form of political, intellectual, and cultural slavery continues to define the Black experience. Wilderson is an award-winning writer and Chancellor’s Professor and chair of African American Studies at UC Irvine. The talk is followed by a Q&A moderated by UCLA professor Kenneth Reinhard.


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