Namwali Serpell, Harvard University

Race Off: The Fantasy of Race Transformation

September 23, 2021

Namwali Serpell is the author of The Old Drift, which won the Windham-Campbell Prize in Fiction, t...

Khalil Muhammad, Harvard Kennedy School

The Origins and Durability of Anti-Black Racial Criminalization in the United States

September 22, 2021

This lecture historicizes the use of racial crime statistics as a technology of social difference to justif...

Anne Applebaum, journalist, prize-winning historian, and staff writer for THE ATLANTIC

The Gulag: What We Know Now and Why It Matters

September 14, 2021

The Soviet Gulag system was established in 1918 after the Russian Revolution, expanded under Stalin across...

Lia Brozgal (UCLA), Adam Shatz (LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKS), Tyler Stovall (Fordham University), Alice Kaplan (Director of the Whitney Humanities Center)

A Celebration of William Gardner Smith’s THE STONE FACE

May 3, 2021

The Whitney Humanities Center at Yale brought together—via Zoom—three cultural critics and specialists of t...

Rachel Sagner Buurma (Swarthmore College) and Laura Heffernan (University of North Florida)—authors of The Teaching Archive—along with Caleb Smith (Yale). Moderated by Alice Kaplan (Director of the Whitney Humanities Center).


April 5, 2021

A roundtable discussion of Rachel Sagner Buurma and Laura Heffernan’s new book The Teaching Archive...

Hernan Diaz, author of IN THE DISTANCE

The Heart of Fiction

March 16, 2021

Why dwell on made-up stories? Why make them up in the first place? Can fiction, that pack of lies, aspire t...

Stephanie Smallwood, University of Washington

Centering the Transatlantic Slave Trade in the Critique of Capital: Marx, Slavery, and the Problem of “Primitive Accumulation”

November 4, 2020

Stephanie Smallwood is Associate Professor of History and Comparative History of Ideas at the University of...

Massimiliano Tomba, University of California, Santa Cruz

Bringing His Own Skin to Market and Has Nothing to Expect but a Tanning: Dramatis Personae and Their Bodies

October 21, 2020

Massimiliano Tomba is Professor in the History of Consciousness Department at the University of California,...

Tithi Bhattacharya, Purdue University

What Did Marx Have to Say about Cooking Dinner? Social Reproduction Theory and the Labor Theory of Value

October 14, 2020

Tithi Bhattacharya is Professor of South Asian History and Director of Global Studies at Purdue University....

Lucia Pradella, King’s College London

Capital, a Book of Labor

September 30, 2020

Lucia Pradella is Senior Lecturer in International Political Economy at King’s College London. She holds a...