Ta-Nehisi Coates in Conversation

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Ta-Nehisi Coates in Conversation


Saturday Aug 25 06:00 PM


Doris Duke Theatre


Museum members: $25.00
General Admission: $30.00


About the Performance:

Sponsored by The Pōpolo Project 

Special thanks to the Honolulu African American Film Festival Committee: Sandra Simms, Daphne Barbee-Wooten, John Nichols, Tadia Rice, Akiemi Glenn, Sharon Yarbrough, Marsha McFadden, and David Goldberg.

Join us for a moderated conversation with Ta-Nehisi Coates to connect the threads between the African-American experience in North America and the cultural politics and history of Hawai‘i. Moderated by Dr. Akiemi Glenn—founder and curator of the Pōpolo Project—the discussion will explore the liabilities and boons for better understanding the intersection between the experience of Blackness in the Pacific and the experience of Blackness in the continental United States. 

The conversation will be preceded by Healing Traditions, a short film by the The Pōpolo Project, and the Hawai‘i premiere of Blackbird, a short film written and directed by Solomon Islander Amie Batalibasi, along with a brief talkback with scholars about the experience of slavery in the Pacific.  

Event timeline
6pm: Screening of Healing Traditions and Blackbird with moderated discussion
7pm: Ta-Nehisi Coates in Conversation, moderated by Dr. Akiemi Glenn
8pm: Drinks and book sale with no-host bar in Luce Pavilion

Ta-Nehisi Coates the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Between the World and Me, winner of the National Book Award. His recent book We Were Eight Years in Power is a collection of his essays on the Obama Era. He currently writes the Black Panther and Captain America comic book, in addition to writing as a national correspondent for The Atlantic.

His award-winning writing combines reportage, historical analysis and personal narrative to address some of America’s most complex and challenging issues pertaining to culture and identity. 

Dr. Akiemi Glenn is a Honolulu-based scholar and cultureworker. She holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and a B.A. in linguistics from New York University. Her research considers the interplay of space, geography, community and language. Akiemi's primary interests are in how Indigenous peoples, refugees, captives, migrants and other diasporic peoples in the Pacific and the Americas use language to construct, navigate and politicize their identities. She commits her interests in systems, semiotics and culture to an applied research method and practice that explore the rich vectors of change in community culturework programming. Akiemi is the founder and curator of the Pōpolo Project, a multimedia exploration of Blackness in Hawai‘i and the larger Pacific. She is currently the director of Tele!, a language revitalization and engagement project in Hawai‘i's Tokelauan community funded by the federal Administration for Native Americans and administered by Te Taki Tokelau Community Training & Development.

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