Mosaic Literary Conference
November 21 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pmFree
MOSAIC LITERARY CONFERENCE
Each year, the conference invites the community (educators, CBOs, and local residents) to learn more about the year’s subjects through presentations of book discussions, film, workshops, artist talks, and panels–using literature as an exploratory foundation. Previous conference focuses have included the MeToo Movement, Black identity and the photography of Jamel Shabazz, James Baldwin, Black Lives Matter, and Audre Lorde. Past literary participants have included Liza Jesse Peterson, Jamel Shabazz (photographer), Nicole Dennis-Benn, and Willie Perdomo, among others.
MLC2020 will explore how a closer examination of our past can help shape the future of the South Bronx. Was the book War Against All Puerto Ricans: Revolution and Terror in America’s Colony by Nelson A Denis both a salient look back and also a prescient gaze into the future? (re Hurricane Maria). Is Damon Young’s What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker: A Memoir in Essays personal deconstructions of all Black life? If so, how do we do the work of reassemblage? And how can we use This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America by Morgan Jerkins to gird ourselves against politically inspired white supremacy? These are some of the text and questions we will ask during the next Mosaic Literary Conference, as well as during programs leading up to the conference.
Please note, the conference will maintain the original focus “Black futures” but may update some of the planned subjects and participants listed in the original application. Potential adjustments are being considered due to the ongoing quarantine and availability of facilitators and participants.
ONE BOOK ONE BRONX
One Book One Bronx is a new style reading group that inspires, encourages, and delights readers. Every week, we meet to discuss one book that reflects the people of the Bronx.
One Book One Bronx is presented by the Literary Freedom Project. LFP is committed to creating spaces that help leverage the power of books, culture, and education. Our programs value the variety of histories and cultures found in the Bronx and give residents places to build community and explore social engagement.
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander,
10/13, 20, 27, 11/3, & 10, 2020
How We Fight for Our Lives: A Memoir by Saeed Jones
11/18, 25, 12/2, & 9, 2020
These pre- and post-conference restorative conversations will be related to social and criminal justice and one person’s biographical observations of America’s societal and social burden of race, sex, and identity.