Women and Gender Studies Program

Prof. Eve Raimon to speak on "'We're Better Than That': Memory and Recovery in New England's African American Memorials"

Eve Raimon

The USM English Department will be sharing and celebrating faculty research with four lectures in 2013-2014.
The first event, “’We're Better Than That’: Memory and Recovery in New England's African American Memorials,” features Professor Eve Raimon, on Wednesday, October 30, at 4:30 p.m. in 209 Luther Bonney.

Eve Raimon, USM professor of English and Women & Gender Studies Council member, will discuss the paradox in that while rightfully extolling black achievements, public memory projects may often omit or distort other uncomfortable facts about our American past.

“It’s important to consider how we reshape the region’s landscape through these memorials and how we can pay tribute to the past without misrepresenting it because of our own contemporary difficulties with racial difference,” Prof. Raimon said.

Professor Raimon’s lecture is drawn from her work on a book-in-progress called Beyond the Black Heritage Trail: Race, Place and Public Memory in New England. Her previous publications include essays on a range of topics, most recently on incarceration and sexuality in the work of James Baldwin as well as a book chapter on the mammy figure in Cheryl Dunye's mockumentary The Watermelon Woman. She is co-editor of the collection Harriet Wilson's New England: Race, Writing, & Region, with a forward by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (University Press of New England, 2007).  She also published  The "Tragic Mulatta" Revisited: Race and Nationalism in Nineteenth Century Antislavery Fiction (Rutgers University Press, 2004).