UPDATE: This event has been cancelled.

Please visit UNM's Africana Studies page for more information on the Cortez Williams Spring 2019 Lecture Series.

From lecture halls to Grammy award-winning music to young adult novels, contemporary culture is rife with conversations and explorations about race, identity and what it means to be American. Continuing the celebration of Black History Month, The University of New Mexico Africana Studies Program presents Kyle Mays, Ph.D., as part of the Cortez Williams Spring 2019 Lecture Series.

In the Student Union Building (SUB) Lobo A&B on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 11:30 a.m., Mays will speak on Black Indigeneity, Indigenous Sovereignty: Difference, Tension & the Possibilities of Solidarity.

Mays, who is both Black and Saginaw Anishinaabe, recently published his first book, Hip Hop Beats, Indigenous Rhymes: Modernity and Hip Hop in Indigenous North America (SUNY Press, 2018). He is a transdisciplinary scholar and public intellectual of urban history, Indigenous Studies, Afro-Indigenous Studies and popular culture. A Professor of African American Studies at UCLA, Mays writes regularly for public venues, including Indian Country Today Media Network, Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education and Society, and The Native Ninety Percent.

Presented in partnership with UNM’s Office of the Provost, Division for Equity & Inclusion, Men of Color Initiative, Native American Studies and the Albuquerque Chapter of the Links, Inc.