Talks and Events
Wed 25 Oct 2017

4 Saints In 3 Acts: Gertrude Stein, The Harlem Renaissance & The Politics Of Race And Representation


American author and lecturer Emily Bernard discusses the ways in which the opera Four Saints in Three Acts was, and continues to be, deeply relevant to the debate about what authentic "black" art is, who it is for, and who has the authority to produce it. Bernard also situates this groundbreaking production within discourses about the relationship between art and politics that constituted the era known as the Harlem Renaissance.

Emily Bernard is a Professor of English and Critical Race and Ethnic Studies at the University of Vermont, USA. Her first book, Remember Me to Harlem: The Letters of Langston Hughes and Carl Van Vechten (2001), was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Her essays have been published in several journals and anthologies, such as The American Scholar, Best American Essays, Best African American Essays, and Best of Creative Non-Fiction. Michelle Obama: The First Lady in Photographs, a book she co-authored with Deborah Willis, was published by W.W. Norton in 2009.

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(Ticket price includes entry to the exhibition 4 Saints in 3 Acts before the talk from 17.30)

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Generously supported by the British Association for American Studies and the US Embassy London.