The national theme for the 2017 Geography Awareness Week is The Geography of Civil Rights Movements as discussed in this essay by Derek Alderman and LaToya Eaves. At University of Wyoming, we are excited to, among other things, host Rashad Shabazz for our keynote talk next Thursday. Shabazz is the author of the 2015 book, Spatializing Blackness: Architectures of Confinement and Black Masculinity in Chicago, which I’ve found is a fantastic book for teaching in addition to being a rigorous work of scholarship.
At University of Wyoming, Dr. Shabazz will deliver, “The Geography of the Minneapolis Sound,” a talk organized around the question, is Minneapolis a Black geography and how does that matter? To do this, as he clarifies in his abstract, he will use Prince and his sound as a way “to illuminate and map how social forces such as poverty, migration, and anti-Black racism shaped not only Minneapolis’s urban and racial geography, but also the popular musical forms that have defined the city and its most famous son for nearly a half century.”