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‘I AM AN AMERICAN’: FILMING THE FEAR OF DIFFERENCE – CINDY WEBER

Book Announcement: Cindy Weber, ‘I am An American’: Filming the Fear of Difference’

Dear colleagues

With apologies for cross-posting and a request to circulate this to others who might be interested:

‘I am An American’ Filming the Fear of Difference, by Professor Cynthia Weber, University of Sussex

Exploring the politics of fear, national identity, citizenship, culture and democracy through film. Part history, part political theory, part memoir, part ‘how to’ with regard to research and film-making. With over 150 color images, 223 pages.  Accompanied by a series of films. A website offering free access to all the films discussed in the book will be launched later this summer.

Review
”An unsentimental journey through America. Whatever kind of American you are, or however well you think you know Americans, this book is an eye-opener. I couldn’t put it down.”— Joanna Bourke, Birkbeck College, University of London

Summary
From Samuel Huntington’s highly controversial Who Are We? to the urgent appeal of Naomi Wolf’s The End of America, Americans are increasingly reflecting on questions of democracy, multiculturalism, and national identity. Yet such debates take place largely at the level of elites, leaving out ordinary American citizens who have much to offer about the lived reality behind the phrase, I am an American.

Cynthia Weber set out on a journey across post-9/11 America in search of a deeper understanding of what it means to be an American today. The result is this brave and captivating memoir that gives a voice to ordinary citizens for whom the terrorist attacks of 2001 and their lingering aftermath live on in collective memory. Heartrending first-person testimonials reveal how the ongoing fear of terrorists and immigrants has betrayed Americas core values of fairness and equality, which have been further weakened by polarizing international and domestic responses. Considered together, these portraits also provide a sharp contrast to the idealized vision of Americanness frequently spun by media and politicians.

Far more than a mere remembrance book about September 11, I Am An American offers precisely the kind of ground level empathy needed to reignite a meaningful national debate about who we are and who we might become as a people and a nation.

Available from Intellect Books, UK and University of Chicago Press, USA:
http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/books/view-Book,id=4770/
http://www.press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/distributed/I/bo11339518.html

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

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Hubert Harrison

HUBERT HARRISON EVENT IN LONDON

Karia Press
Presents An “In Tribute” Event
Featuring A Presentation
By Dr. Jeffrey B. Perry
Based on his Biography
Hubert Harrison: The Voice of Harlem Radicalism, 1883-1918

During Discussion he will be able to refer to:
Theodore W. Allen’s works:
The Invention of the White Race …

@ Centerprise
136-138 Kingsland Road
Dalston, London, E8 2NS
Friday, 20th May, 2011
7:30 – 10:00PM
Donations: £3.00

Restaurant on site

Bookings, and other information from: Karia Press: kariapress@yahoo.co.uk, Tel. 0750 4661 785

Books will be available for sale at the event.

If you wish to order a copy(ies) of the book(s) in advance, please email or call for availability and prices.

To get to the venue:
London Overground: Dalston Kingsland or Dalston Junction.
Buses: 149, 76, 243, 67, 236.

Background Information on Hubert Harrison

Hubert Harrison, (1883-1927) was an immensely skilled writer, orator, educator, critic, and political activist who, more than any other political leader of his era, combined class consciousness and anti-white-supremacist race consciousness into a coherent political radicalism. Harrison profoundly influenced “New Negro” militants, including A. Philip Randolph and Marcus Garvey, and his synthesis of class and race issues is a key unifying link between the two great trends of the Black Liberation Movement: the labour and civil-rights-based work of Martin Luther King Jr. and the race and nationalist work associated with Malcolm X.

Harrison played unique, signal roles in the largest class radical movement (socialism) and the largest race radical movement (the New Negro/Garvey) movement of his era. He was the foremost Black organizer, agitator, and theoretician of the Socialist Party of New York, the founder of the “New Negro” movement, the editor of the “Negro World,” and the principal radical influence on the Garvey movement.

He also helped transform the 135th Street Public Library into an international center for research in Black culture (known today as the world-famous Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture). His biography offers profound insights on race, class, religion, immigration, war, democracy, and social change in America.

About the Author

Jeffrey B. Perry is an independent, working class scholar who was formally educated at Princeton, Harvard, Rutgers, and Columbia Universities. He was a long-time (33 years) activist, elected union officer with Local 300, and editor for the National Postal Mail Handlers Union (Division of LIUNA, AFL-CIO, CTW).

Dr. Perry preserved and inventoried the Hubert H. Harrison Papers (now at Columbia University’s Rare Book and Manuscript Library) and is the editor of A Hubert Harrison Reader (Wesleyan University Press, 2001). He is also literary executor for Theodore W. Allen, author of The Invention of the White Race [2 Vols., Verso, 1994 and 1997), and edited and introduced Allen’s Class Struggle and the Origin of Racial Slavery: The Invention of the White Race.

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