September 19-23, 2022
Jason Moran is a jazz pianist, composer, MacArthur Fellow, and Artistic Director for Jazz at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. With his ensemble, he will present a multidisciplinary program entitled “James Reese Europe and the Harlem Hellfighters: The Absence of Ruin.” The piece is an homage to ragtime pioneer and World War I hero James Reese Europe, an iconic figure in the evolution of African-American music and leader of a crack military music ensemble that popularized the new spirit of jazz. His residency is co-sponsored by the Department of Music and the Music@Amherst series.
October 23-29, 2022
Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, Karma Chávez is the author of Queer Migration Politics: Activist Rhetoric and Coalitional Possibilities (2013) and Palestine on the Air (2019). She is a member of the radical queer collective “Against Equality,” a former organizer for “LGBT Books to Prisoners,” and for years has worked closely with community-based organizations on issues surrounding queer, racial, economic, and immigrant justice.
February 24-26, 2023
Hilton Als is an associate professor of writing at Columbia University and a staff writer and theater critic for The New Yorker magazine. He is a Guggenheim Fellow and a recipient of the Berlin Prize of the American Academy in Berlin. In 2017, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism. As an art curator, Als has been responsible for exhibitions including the group show Forces in Nature and Alice Neel, Uptown. In the coming year, the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College will host his most recent exhibit, God Made My Face: A Collective Portrait of James Baldwin. His residency is also part of LitFest, the college's annual literary festival.
April 4-7, 2023
Saidiya Hartman is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, where her major fields of inquiry are African American and American literature and cultural history, slavery, law and literature, and performance studies. Author of Scenes of Subjection: Terror, Slavery, and Self-making in Nineteenth-Century America (1997), Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route ( 2007), and Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Social Upheaval (2020), she is on the editorial board of Callaloo and has been the recipient of numerous prestigious fellowships.