Rebecca Walker Speaks on April 24
Tuesday, April 24, 12 - 1 pm, Library and Media Center – Haines Hall 135
Rebecca Walker contributes to the global conversation about identity, power, culture, and the evolution of the human family through books, lectures, blogs, social networks, popular magazines, literary and academic journals, radio programs, and film and television appearances and content development. Time Magazine named her one of the most influential leaders of her generation. She is the author of the memoirs Black, White and Jewish and Baby Love; and editor of the anthologies To Be Real, What Makes a Man, and One Big Happy Family. Walker is the daughter of Alice Walker, the African-American author of The Color Purple.
Walker’s latest book is Black Cool: One Thousand Streams of Blackness. It explores the ineffable state and aesthetic of Black Cool. From the effortless reserve of Miles Davis in khakis on an early album cover, to the shock of resistance in black women’s fashion from Angela Davis to Rihanna, to the cadence of poets as diverse as Staceyann Chin and Audre Lorde, Black Cool looks at the roots of Black Cool and attempts to name elements of the phenomena that have emerged to shape the global expectation of cool itself. This event is co-sponsored with the UCLA Academic Advancement Program. All-day parking ($11) and short-term parking (payable at pay stations) are available in Lots 2, 3 or 4 (enter the campus at Hilgard and Westholme avenues). For updated information, call 310-206-8267 or visit www.bunchecenter.ucla.edu.