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Lecture: Jonathan Holloway “Currency: Race and the Circulation of the American Ideal”

February 26, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

This Nellie Y. McKay Lecture in the Humanities is a reflection upon the rhetorical value of the “American Ideal” and what that ideal looks like when viewed through a racial prism. Prof. Jonathan Holloway presents a close reading of three objects—a Revolutionary War-era headstone, a mid-twentieth century coin, and the 21st century U.S. passport—to affirm Ralph Ellison’s poignant assertions about racial invisibility and offer a cutting assessment of the costs associated with the circulation of the transcendent national ideal.


February 26, 2020
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, Room L140
800 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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