Writing Black Lives

Writing Black Lives

Tomiko Brown-Nagin, Imani Perry, and Robert Reid-Pharr will join in conversation to discuss how their work as biographers speaks to key contemporary discussions about black politics, community, identity, and life.

Perry will consider her recent book, Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry (Beacon Press, 2018), while Reid-Pharr and Brown-Nagin will share perspectives from their own research, writing, and forthcoming books on, respectively, James Baldwin and Constance Baker Motley.

Free and open to the public. 


  • Introduction by Robin Bernstein, Dillon Professor of American History and professor of African and African American studies and of studies of women, gender, and sexuality

  • Tomiko Brown-Nagin, dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Daniel P.S. Paul Professor of Constitutional Law at Harvard Law School, and Professor of History in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University 

  • Imani Perry, Hughes-Rogers Professor of African American Studies and faculty associate in the Program in Law and Public Affairs and the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies, Princeton University 
  • Robert Reid-Pharr, Professor of Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality and of African and African American Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University 

This event is cosponsored by the Committee on Degrees in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality in the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences.