Radcliffe: How Numbers Lie: Intersectional Violence and the Quantification of Race


Thursday, February 25, 2016, 4:15pm


Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA

Sponsor: Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study


  • Khalil Gibran Muhammad, director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library; visiting professor, City University of New York. Muhammad has been recently named a professor of history, race, and public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and the Suzanne Young Murray Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study

Cost: Free

Contact Info: events@radcliffe.harvard.edu

Notes:  Tracing the genealogy of statistical discourses on race, Muhammad explores the violence of racial quantification on black women and men’s lives beginning in the postbellum period. How did the numbers of out of wedlock childbirths or incarcerated men come to define the progress and potential of African Americans by contrast to others? Why have such facts spoken for themselves as is so often said today? Or have they?

More: http://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/event/2016-khalil-gibran-muhammad-lecture