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Acknowledging Black Trauma and Its National Effects

Lecture Center for Global Humanities Lecture/Seminar Series

Françoise Hamlin

Françoise Hamlin

What is black trauma? How can understanding black trauma and the damage it creates in individual and collective lives help us to think about the nation’s racial inheritance? Using a case study from the mass movement for civil rights, this lecture encourages a rethinking of activism, trauma, and its legacies—particularly given today’s current racially-charged political climate.


Françoise Hamlin is an Associate Professor of History and Africana Studies at Brown University. She earned her doctorate in African American Studies and American Studies at Yale University, her Masters from the University of London, and her B.A. from the University of Essex (both in United States Studies). Hamlin is the author of Crossroads at Clarksdale: The Black Freedom Struggle in the Mississippi Delta after World War II (University of North Carolina Press, 2012), winner of the 2012 Berkshire Conference of Women Historians Book Prize and the 2013 Lillian Smith Book Award. These Truly Are The Brave: An Anthology of African American Writings on Citizenship and War is a co-edited anthology published by the University of Florida Press in 2015. It was a finalist for the QBR 2016 Wheatley Book Award in Nonfiction and was republished in paperback in 2018. Hamlin’s new research focuses on young people, trauma, and activism.

Her most notable fellowships and awards include: the C. Vann Woodward Dissertation Prize; the Du Bois-Mandela-Rodney Fellowship at the University of Michigan; the Charles Warren Center Fellowship at Harvard University; a Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship; and the Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies. In addition, she has won major mentoring and teaching awards at Brown University.


Portland Forum in Innovation Hall
716 Stevens Avenue
Portland, ME 04103

Assigned Reading

Anne Moody, Coming of Age in Mississippi: The Classic Autobiography of Growing Up Poor and Black in the Rural South (Dell, 1992)


5 p.m. in Global Plaza, Innovation Hall


(207) 221-4435

Acknowledging Black Trauma and Its National Effects Poster
6:00 PM
Portland Forum in Innovation Hall

Portland Campus

Free and open to the public