Imagining Race

Three years before receiving the Nobel Prize for Literature, Toni Morrison gave a series of lectures at Harvard examining depictions of race in American culture. She argued that the American imagination had been profoundly shaped by the categories of “whiteness” and “blackness,” and that knowledge of their codependency is essential for knowledge of American history. With Morrison as our guide, this discussion group will consider how American history and literature has shaped, and has been shaped by, an unconscious awareness of race. For more information or to receive a copy of the short readings, please contact

Dates: Tuesdays on 7/7, 7/14, and 7/21.

Time: 5:30-6:45pm PST

Discussion Schedule:

7/7: Toni Morrison, Playing in the Dark, Preface and Chapter One.
7/14: Chapter Two
7/21: Chapter Three

Location: Zoom

This seminar is free and is open to all full-time UC Berkeley, GTU, and St. Mary’s students.


Chad Hegelmeyer, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow in English at NYU