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Springfield College, Lecture
April 8, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm EDT
The Pain and Power of the N-Word. A webinar featuring Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor, PhD, Smith College Associate Professor of History
In this panel discussion, participants will be challenged to examine their personal and professional histories with the N-word, the historical and cultural connection to the word, and the feelings and consequences associated with casual or uniformed usage of such a painful and powerful word. Pryor’s research focuses specifically on African American activism in the 19th century and how historical ideologies on race inform contemporary discourse. It also centers on the etymology of the N-word and the complicated and corrosive idea behind it.
A 30-minute Q&A will follow the discussion.
Springfield College students on the panel are Brianna D’Haiti (Class of 2022), Dereck Webb (Class of 2021), Sabrina Williams (Class of 2022), and Colby Wilson (Class of 2023).
This event is free and open to the Springfield College community and the public.
Registration is required. A link to the Zoom webinar will be sent to registrants prior to the event.
Registration link: https://springfield.edu/apr8-webinar
At Smith College, Pryor specializes in 19th-century U.S. history and race. She is interested in questions of citizenship, race, and racism and the history of U.S. slavery, including exploring how enslaved people’s histories are remembered and who remembers them. Pryor is author of an award-winning article, “The Etymology of [N-Word]: Resistance, Language and the Politics of Freedom in the Antebellum North.” Pryor is the daughter of the late influential comedian-actor-writer Richard Pryor.
Event Sponsors: Springfield College Office of Multicultural Affairs, Men of Excellence, and Department of Athletics