Lisa M. Corrigan - Feeling Riots: The Emotional Language of Urban Rebellion

Lisa M. Corrigan presented “Feeling Riots: The Emotional Language of Urban Rebellion” at 6 p.m. Thursday, September 24, at The David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences. This presentation was part of the Pryor Center Presents 2020-21 lecture series.

Corrigan reflected upon the multiple interpretations of major urban rebellions in the United States between 1964-1969 to understand how descriptions of the major race riots, especially the metaphor of the powder keg, created and reflected racialized political feelings where hopelessness replaced hope as the emotional framework for racial liberalism and as the possibly of integration ebbed.

Corrigan is director of the Gender Studies Program and is affiliated with the Latin American & Latino Studies. She is a feminist critical race scholar who researches and teaches in the areas of intimacy studies, social movement studies, the Black Power and civil rights movements, prison studies, feminist studies, and the history of the Cold War. Corrigan’s first book, Prison Power: How Prison Influenced the Movement for Black Liberation, is the recipient of the Diamond Anniversary Book Award and the 2017 African American Communication and Culture Division Outstanding Book Award, both from the National Communication Association. Her second book is titled Black Feelings: Race and Affect in the Long Sixties.

Corrigan cohosts a popular podcast with Laura Weiderhaft called Lean Back: Critical Feminist Conversations.

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