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Stefano Harney and Fred Moten, "Involvement and Betrayal," a talk, at McRoskey Mattress Co.

Wednesday, April 06, 2022
Event Time 07:00 p.m. - 09:00 p.m. PT
Cost Free and open to the public, RSVP required to attend in person
Location McRoskey Mattress Co., 1687 Market St, San Francisco
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  • This program also available via live-stream and at the same link after the event.

Supported by the Bagley Wright Lecture Series on Poetry
With introductions to our featured speakers by Manolo Callahan

Co-presented by The Poetry Center and The Green Arcade, with kind thanks to our host, the McRoskey Mattress Company

Door opens 6:30 pm for 7:00 pm Pacific start time. RSVP TO ATTEND IN PERSON

Join us at McRoskey Mattress Co., where Market, Gough, Valencia, and Haight all intersect in San Francisco (or tune in via live-stream) for this in-person talk, one of four linked lectures at four Bay Area venues by friends and writers Stefano Harney and Fred Moten. This program is co-presented by The Poetry Center and The Green Arcade, and is supported by the Bagley Wright Lecture Series on Poetry. Harney and Moten will kindly be introduced by their friend and comrade, Manolo Callahan.

  • Please note: proof of vaccination and mask are required in order to attend in person.

"Involvement and Betrayal" (On Andaiye, Martin Carter, Guyana and what Michelle Cliff calls the centerless, outward edgelessness of the Caribbean) is the title for this evening's talk, the second of four by Harney and Moten focusing on hemispheric black social poetics. For details on the other three Bay Area lectures in the series check here.

Stefano Harney and Fred Moten are students of the black radical tradition. Together, they are authors of The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study (2013) and All Incomplete (2020) both from Minor Compositions/Autonomedia. Stefano is Professor of Transversal Aesthetics at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne. Fred teaches in the Departments of Performance Studies and Comparative Literature at New York University. They have been friends and writing partners for almost forty years.

Manolo Callahan is an insurgent learner and convivial researcher with the Center for Convivial Research and Autonomy (CCRA). Callahan’s work explores three interwoven areas: the US/Mexico border and borderlands historically and in the present; Indigenous struggles across the Americas including Zapatista struggles in Chiapas; and convivial research, a community-based research approach that engages the intersections between Zapatismo, conviviality, and autonomous struggles throughout Greater Mexico. He also participates in the Universidad de la Tierra Califas, an autonomous learning space networked across the San Francisco Bay Area and connected to other autonomous campuses across Mexico and beyond.

The Bagley Wright Lecture Series on Poetry supports contemporary poets as they explore in-depth their own thinking on poetry and poetics and give a series of lectures resulting from these investigations. Lectures are delivered publicly in partnership with institutions and organizations nationwide. More here.

Poetry Center Digital Archive recordings

Manolo Callahan, Stefano Harney, and Tonika Sealy Thompson: December 4, 2016 at the Howard Zinn Book Fair

Fred Moten and Nathaniel Mackey with Hafez Modirzadeh: March 5, 2016 at McRoskey Mattress Co.

Insubordinate Conviviality in the COVID-19 Conjuncture, by Manolo Callahan, at Resilience, May 6, 2020


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