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The former fellow Farah Jasmine Griffin discusses her new book, Harlem Nocturne: Women Artists and Progressive Politics During World War II, with the writer Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts, author of Harlem is Nowhere. This discussion is part of the “Between the Lines” series, curated by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and co-presented with the Cullman Center. It will take place at the Schomburg Center.
A professor of English and Comparative Literature and African American Studies at Columbia University, Farah Jasmine Griffin is the author of “Who Set You Flowin’?”: The African-American Migration Narrative (Race and American Culture) and If You Can’t Be Free, Be a Mystery: In Search of Billie Holiday. Griffin worked on her new book, Harlem Nocturne: Women Artists and Progressive Politics During World War II, while she was a Fellow at the Cullman Center in 2006-07. She is the Director of the Schomburg Center’s Scholars-in-Residence Program at The New York Public Library.
The writing of Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts has appeared in Transitions, Essence, Harper’s, The New York Times, and Vogue. Her book, Harlem Is Nowhere, the first volume of a trilogy on African-Americans and Utopia, was named one of the 100 notable books of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award. In 2012, Rhodes-Pitts received a Whiting Writers’ Award.A professor of English and Comparative Literature and African American Studies at Columbia University,