The Great Revelator: The Exploitation of the Black Body from Slavery to Covid 19

None at Online

Sun, Aug 16 at 4 p.m.   |   120 minutes   |  This will be four sessions and include weekly optional office hours.
Courses: Participants will be able to engage on their own time with the pre-recorded lectures and curated materials (readings, podcast links, interviews, and film). These will be used as the fuel for the live Zoom discussions with the professor.

The violence of white supremacy and the racism built into our society’s medical establishments have been laid bare by Covid-19. Indeed, while death may be universal, we do not all expire in equitable deathbeds. A great equalizer? Hardly. Death is a revelator.

The Great Revelator: The Exploitation of the Black Body from Slavery to Covid 19

The Great Equalizer? Andrew Cuomo said it. Madonna too. The virus, they both claimed, would act upon society as some mythic leveler, with no discernable targets. While it is true that this virus is not motivated by any political agenda, it is a mistake to characterize its effects as commensurate. The loss and despair it has wreaked reveal the fundamental cracks and fissures of our nation’s broken social fabric. The violence of white supremacy and the racism built into our society’s medical establishments have been laid bare by Covid-19. Indeed, while death may be universal, we do not all expire in equitable deathbeds. A great equalizer? Hardly. Death is a revelator.

This four-part Olio seminar explores the ways that the black body has been used by white supremacy to serve its violent end. Combining a historical perspective with a sociological analysis, Professors Sheldon Applewhite and Jamie Warren will examine four distinct moments in the American past in which the dead and dying black body has been used to bolster white Americans’ insidious claims to power.  Jamie Warren will teach the first two classes. She will begin with an examination of  the enslaved corpses during the antebellum period, and will  follow with a second class on the “black mortality thesis” which emerged during the Reconstruction era. Sheldon Applewhite will bring our focus to the 20th century and the present, teaching class three on the HIV/AIDS epidemic that took place in urban centers across the United States including New York City. He will finish with an examination of the current COVID-19 Pandemic in the United States.  Using a sociological and historical lens, Drs. Sheldon Applewhite and Jamie Warren look at these specific historical periods and discuss the various ways the Black Body is exploited, experimented on, and used as collateral damage in the U.S. effort to curb disease and assist in the growth of capitalism using the theoretical frameworks of Pierre Bourdieu, Michel Foucault, Cathy Cohen, Patricia Hill Collins, and  Roxanne Gay. 

In addition to a traditional lecture, each class will devote time to discussion of the week’s reading, and some Q and A between Sheldon and Jamie, and all seminar participants. There will also be weekly office hours for further discussion. This seminar will not disappoint. Fierce friends and dedicated colleagues, Sheldon and Jamie are eager to work together to bring you this transformative learning experience.

 

Session 1: The Corpse in Antebellum Slavery

Session 2: The Black Mortality Thesis

Session 3: The Black Body and the HIV/AIDS Epidemic

Session 4: COVID-19 Disease and Black Bodies

Teacher: None
Venue: Online

Zoom link will be sent upon signup.

Details:

This will be four sessions and include weekly optional office hours.


Add to Calendar Aug. 16, 20204 p.m. Aug. 16, 2020 America/New_York Think Olio | The Great Revelator: The Exploitation of the Black Body from Slavery to Covid 19 The violence of white supremacy and the racism built into our society’s medical establishments have been laid bare by Covid-19. Indeed, while death may be universal, we do not all expire in equitable deathbeds. A great equalizer? Hardly. Death is a revelator. Online

What is Think Olio?


Think Olio is here to put the liberation back into the liberal arts.

Classically, the liberal arts, were the education considered essential for a free person to take an active part in civic life. To counter a humanities that has been institutionalized and dehumanized we infuse critical thinking, openness, playfulness, and compassion into our learning experience.

Read more about our mission, our story, and how we are doing this.

Scenius Membership

If Friday night lectures, museum field trips, and living room salons sound like your kind of thing, then you've found your people. We can't wait to welcome you to the Think Olio Scenius. More info


Other Upcoming Olios


The Good Life? An 8-week Journey

Location: at Online

Teacher: Jeanne Proust

Oct. 20, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

The Erotic As Power: Wild Nights with Women Poets

Location: at Online

Teacher: Christina Katopodis

Oct. 22, 2020, 8 p.m.

Communities Under Capitalism: Meeting our Needs During Crisis

Location: at Online

Teacher: Lauren Hudson

Oct. 26, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

Interspecies Design: Treating Plant and Animal as the Client

Location: at Online

Teacher: Lily Consuelo Saporta Tagiuri

Oct. 27, 2020, 8 p.m.


Stay in Touch


Instagram Mailing List Contact

Get Involved


Liaisons Host an Olio

Olio: A miscellaneous collection of art and literature.