How Numbers Lie: Intersectional Violence and the Quantification of Race

February 25, 2016, Cambridge, MA

Thursday, February 25, 2016 | 4:15 PM
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA

Tracing the genealogy of statistical discourses on race, Khalil Gibran Muhammad explores the violence of racial quantification on black women and men’s lives beginning after the Civil War. How did the numbers of out of wedlock childbirths or incarcerated men come to define the progress and potential of African Americans in contrast to others? Why have such facts spoken for themselves? Or have they?

Muhammad is the director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture of the New York Public Library. He was recently appointed Suzanne Young Murray Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and a professor of history, race, and public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School.

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This lecture is being presented by the Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute.

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Posted: February 15, 2016