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Center for Democratic Deliberation Kennth Burke Lecture
Catherine R. Squires will present the 2020 Kenneth Burke lecture on "Unsettling Displacements: Views from Rondo and Hallie Q. Brown."

Brown was a professor at Wilberforce University, head of the National Association of Colored Women and one of the most acclaimed female speakers of her day. She engaged closely with significant figures in the histories of women’s suffrage and African American freedom, but her achievements are generally omitted from history books.

In her lecture, Squires will use the story of the Hallie Q. Brown Community Center in St. Paul, Minnesota as a way to consider relationships among public memory, public voice and public spaces. She will show how African American identity was removed from a broader Midwestern identity and was replaced by a narrative that focused on white settlers.

Squires is Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Minnesota. She is the author of multiple books, including  Dispatches from the Color Line (2007),  African Americans & the Media (2009), and  The Post-Racial Mystique (2014) . Most recently, she edited the collection  Dangerous Discourses: Feminism, Gun Violence & Civic Life (2016), which was a finalist for the AEJMC Tankard Award.

Sep 2, 2020 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Catherine R. Squires
Professor of Communication Studies @University of Minnesota
Catherine R. Squires is Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Squires' work investigates the interactions between social identities, media discourses, and publics. She is the author of Dispatches from the Color Line (SUNY, 2007) and African Americans and the Media (Polity, 2009). Her most recent book, The Post-racial Mystique (NYU Press, 2014), explores how a variety of media—the news, network television, and online, independent media—debate, define and deploy the term “post-racial” in their representations of American politics and society.