'First Fridays' series highlighting faculty research on race returns this week

By April Hunt | Emory Report | Sept. 28, 2021

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The “First Fridays at 4 p.m.” lecture series — showcasing research from new Emory College faculty on a wide array of topics related to race and social justice — returns Oct. 1 with Sergio Delgado Moya (left). The series continues later this semester with Kali Gross.

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Emory College’s “First Fridays at 4 p.m.” series — a showcase for groundbreaking faculty scholarship on a wide variety of topics related to race, ethnicity and social justice — returns this week with a lecture on the role of disgust in battling racism.

Sergio Delgado Moya, associate professor of Spanish and Portuguese, will speak Oct. 1 on how the Chicano art collective known as ASCO uses disgust in their fight against discrimination, racial profiling and racism in general.

The author of a 2017 book on aesthetics and consumer capitalism in Mexico and Brazil, Delgado Moya will draw from his forthcoming book “A Nervous Archive” for his talk.

The webinar and others in the series are free, but registration is required.

“I am so excited to work with Emory College to sponsor First Fridays,” says Andra Gillespie, associate professor of political science and director of the James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference (JWJI) at Emory. 

“First Fridays allows us to spotlight Emory faculty doing work on race and difference,” she adds. “These scholars are intellectual leaders in their own right, and I am pleased to call them colleagues.”

The JWJI and Emory College of Arts and Sciences, under the leadership of Executive Associate Dean Carla Freeman, launched the series last year to engage faculty, staff and students in discussions sparked by a national dialogue on police violence, voter suppression and racism embedded in American institutions and culture.

By spotlighting recently-hired Emory faculty, who in addition to exceptional research have demonstrated skills in teaching and mentoring, the series aims to build connections and conversation across the broader community and to equip Emory faculty to embark on their own discussions about race and difference.

The series continues later this semester with Kali Gross, National Endowment for the Humanities Professor of African American Studies, who has published widely on Black women’s historical experiences in the U.S. criminal justice system

A 2021 Andrew Carnegie Fellowship awardee, Gross now is working on a project to shed new light on U.S. capital punishment through the histories of Black women disproportionally condemned.