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Panel Discussion on Race and Identity
12 February 2019 @ 19 h 30 min - 21 h 00 min
Join us for a discussion on Race and Identity with Thomas Chatterton Williams, Alexander Hurst, and Lucie Camara, moderated by Seb Emina.
This panel will consider questions relating to racial identity and its national fluidity across geographic and social spaces in Africa, Europe, and the United States. Sharing with us their experiences of measuring and defining themselves on a sliding scale of blackness and whiteness, measured at times as much by what they “project” as by the color of their skin, our panelists will discuss what it means to “pass” for both/and, or ultimately neither/nor, and how things might be different for the next generation.
About the panelists: Thomas Chatterton Williams is the author of a memoir, Losing My Cool (available for sale after the event), and a Contributing Writer at the New York Times Magazine. His next book, Self-Portrait in Black and White: Unlearning Race, will be published by Norton. He is a National Fellow at New America and the recipient of a Berlin Prize.
Alexander Hurst is a freelance writer, and editor of Are We Europe magazine (available for sale after the event). He has written for The Guardian, Hazlitt, The New Republic, and The Daily Beast, and worked as a journalist at France 24. He spent a year living and working in southern Chad before completing graduate studies in Public Policy and International Relations at Sciences Po and the London School of Economics
Lucie Camara grew up in a mixed ethnicity household in the Paris suburbs. She became interested in identity and feminism after living in England, Australia and Sweden, and reflecting on her experience as a Black woman in these different environments. She recently launched Coven, an intersectional feminist reading group, and future bookstore-café.
Seb Emina is an award-winning magazine editor whose current roles include editor in chief of The Happy Reader, features editor for Fantastic Man and contributing editor at The Gentlewoman. His byline has appeared in the Financial Times, Paris Review and Vogue among many others. He’s the author of The Breakfast Bible (Bloomsbury, 2013).