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Scholarship By and For the People: Scholar-Activists in Conversation
January 18 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pmFree
“How might the information held within archives support community activists and their work?” This is one of the key questions behind Chronicling Resistance: The Exhibition. To try to answer that question, the project Chronicling Resistance invited a cohort of activists, cultural organizers, and artists to explore institutional and community archives and to unearth and interpret stories of resistance from their voices and perspectives. “Scholarship By and for the People,” honors that question with a free-flowing conversation between a senior and junior scholar-activist whose academic works are inspired by, delivered to, and embraced by the communities that nurture them.
Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023
Parkway Central Library, Ground Floor (Room 25)
Dr. Christina Jackson is a scholar-activist and Associate Professor of Sociology at Stockton University in New Jersey. Dr. Jackson resides and was raised in Philadelphia. She specializes in urban sociology, storytelling and inequality from an interdisciplinary perspective. She is also a community facilitator and consultant having worked with the state and numerous community arts groups around anti-violence, food justice, identity and maternal mortality. Dr. Jackson graduated from Temple University, received her PhD from University of California Santa Barbara in Sociology and completed her postdoctoral studies in Africana Studies. You can follow her work at @drjacksoncollaborates and at her website, www.christinarjackson.com.
Morgan Lloyd (she/her) is a curator, community arts administrator, educator, and scholar based in Lenapehoking (Philadelphia, PA). She is the Lead Interpreter and Docent Manager at the African American Museum in Philadelphia. Her work emphasizes a holistic, community-centered revisitation and reconnection to the nuances of Black & Brown histories — with a special focus on Colonial and Antebellum histories. Lloyd is informed by her research, heritage, and lineage; her work ties closely to the land she serves. She ponders diasporic Black & Indigenous cultures, art, objects, traditions, and communal relationships. It asks how the ancestors adapted to the burgeoning colonial landscape; Then, it brings them into contemporary discourse to inspire infinite imaged futures. Inspired by the Black Futurist Movement and Black Quantum Futurism theory, Lloyd’s work imagines a timeless retelling of history, where ancestral narratives and the contemporary co-exist within the same timeline—Calling, inspiring, and informing each other. Learn more about Lloyd and her projects at morgantailored.com.
Chronicling Resistance: The Exhibition reveals what eight local activists, cultural organizers, and artists unearthed when they dug deeply into the same Philadelphia archives that have historically excluded their voices and perspectives. Through archival items, rare books, oral histories, and original artwork, Chronicling Resistance counters the systemic erasure of Black, Brown, and LGBTQ+ people from the historical record, breaks silences, and uncovers new ways of understanding and enacting resistance. See this dynamic and unique exhibition now through Jan. 31, 2023.
Chronicling Resistance has been generously supported by the Mellon Foundation and The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, with additional support and collaboration with the Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries.