January 23, 2018

World Cafe Live
3025 Walnut Street
  • Herman Beavers

    Professor of English and Africana Studies

Geography and the Political Imaginary in the Novels of Toni Morrison

Penn Lightbulb Cafe

Professor Beavers' talk will focus on one of the most important figures in American letters, Toni Morrison, and will be based on his forthcoming book, Geography and the Political Imaginary in the Novels of Toni Morrison. He will touch on how black men perform manhood in her novels, the spatial relations Southern migrants experience in New York City, the role black women play in the establishment of spaces of resistance, how race figures into the transition from indentured labor to paid labor, and the relationship between precariousness and placemaking.

Expert faculty from the University of Pennsylvania shed light on their research in the arts, humanities, and social sciences at the Penn Lightbulb Café. It's an evening of engaging, stimulating conversation, with a Q&A session following each talk.

Presented by Penn Arts and Sciences in partnership with the Office of University Communications, Penn Cafe events are free and open to the public, but RSVPs are encouraged. For more information or directions, contact Gina Bryan at 215-898-8721 or email at

Menu items are available for purchase. Happy Hour pricing from 4–6 p.m.

Click HERE to see a complete listing of all of the Spring 2018 Penn Science and Lightbulb Cafés.