Book Presentation | “Because When God Is Too Busy: Haiti, me, & THE WORLD” by Gina Athena Ulysse

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Book Presentation

“Because When God Is Too Busy: Haiti, me, & THE WORLD” by Gina Athena Ulysse

Thursday, February 23, 2017
6–8 pm

Commentators:
Joy James and Jeremy Matthew Glick

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*Live video broadcast will be available here, starting at 6 pm (EDT)*

A Poetic journey through silence, rebellious rage, love and the sacred, Because When God Is Too Busy: Haïti, me, & THE WORLD is a lyrically vivid meditative journey that is unapologetic in its determination to name, embrace, and reclaim a revolutionary Blackness that has been historically stigmatized and denied. Crafting experiments with “ethnographic collectibles” of word, performative sounds, and imagery to blur genres and the lines between the geopolitical and the personal, this collection is a testament to postcolonial inheritances. These poems, performance texts, and photographs gather fractured memories—longings laced with Vodou chants confronting a past that looms too largely in the present. Because When God Is Too Busy searches for humility while honoring sacred and ancestral imperatives to recognize and salute power beyond Western attachments to reason.

Gina Athena Ulysse is a feminist artist-academic-activist and self-described Post-Zora Interventionist. She is an interdisciplinary methodologist whose research interests focus on Black diasporic conditions. She integrates performance, representation and public anthropology to create her works. She is the author of Downtown Ladies: Informal Commercial Importers, A Haitian Anthropologist and Self-Making in Jamaica (2008), as well as Why Haiti Needs New Narratives: A Post-Quake Chronicle (2015). She is Professor of anthropology at Wesleyan University.
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Joy James is F.C. Oakley 3rd C. Professor at Williams College where she teaches courses in the humanities and political science. Her most recent book is Seeking the ‘Beloved Community’.
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Jeremy Matthew Glick is an Associate Professor of African Diaspora literature and modern drama at Hunter College, English Deptartment. His second book project is entitled Coriolanus Against Liberalism/ Coriolanus & Pan-Africanist Loss.
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This event is free and open to the public. A photo ID is required to enter NYU buildings. 20 Cooper Square is a wheelchair accessible venue.

Hemispheric Institute of Performance & Politics
20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10003

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