Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments with Author Saidiya Hartman

March 2, 2019 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The Drawing Room at The Mount
2 Plunkett St
Lenox, MA 01240

Multicultural BRIDGE presents a reading & conversation with author Saidya Hariman regarding her latest work Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments. 

In Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments, Saidiya Hartman examines the social revolution of black intimate life that occurred in the black quarters of New York at the beginning of the twentieth century.  Beautifully written, Wayward Lives narrates the story of this radical transformation of black intimate and social life. It recreates the experience of young black women who wanted an existence qualitatively different than the one that had been scripted for them, and, for the first time, credits them with shaping a cultural movement that transformed the urban landscape.  Through a melding of history and literary imagination, Wayward Lives recovers their radical aspirations and insurgent desires.


Saidiya Hartman is the author of Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route and Scenes of Subjection. She a Guggenheim fellow and has been a Cullman Fellow and Fulbright Scholar. She is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University and lives in New York.

​She will be in dialogue with Gwendolyn VanSant, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founding Director of Multicultural BRIDGE.