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Reckford Lecture with Magdalena J. Zaborowska

February 24 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Magdalena ZaborowskaMagdalena J. Zaborowska will deliver the 2022 Mary Stevens Reckford Lecture in European Studies on Feb. 24, 2022.

Her lecture is titled, “”Between Home, Blackness, and Me”: Unsettling Locations, Lives, and Archives in American Literary Studies .”

Zaborowska is a professor of African American and American literary and cultural studies at the University of Michigan’s College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. Her research includes literary and cultural studies and African American literature, with a particular emphasis on James Baldwin. Her book, James Baldwin’s Turkish Decade: Erotics of Exile, received an Honorable Mention for the Errol Hill Award from the American Society for Theater Research. In 2018, Zaborowska published Me and My House: James Baldwin’s Last Decade in France, where she examines the themes of his works through the lens of his sprawling house in southern France.

To complement the lecture, the Institute is partnering with the American Studies Department and the Critical Ethnic Studies Collective to present a reading group discussion on Zaborowska’s book, Me and My House: James Baldwin’s Last Decade in France on Feb. 3 at 12:30 p.m. EST.

Additional information to be provided closer to the event.

The Institute hosts the annual Mary Stevens Reckford Memorial Lecture in European Studies, established in 1990 by UNC Classics Professor Kenneth J. Reckford to honor his wife, Mary Stevens Reckford. The Institute hosts the lecture in February, near to Mary’s birthday.

The lecture is designed to appeal to the public, rather than specialists. Speakers are asked to provide “pleasure, instruction, an interdisciplinary approach and a sense of shared humanity.”


February 24
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Event Category:


Institute for the Arts and Humanities