A Conversation with Rebecca Carroll
Host: Darryl Harper ’90
Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry (2nd floor)
Rebecca Carroll is a cultural critic and the editor of special projects at WNYC and a critic-at-large for the Los Angeles Times. She is the author of several books about race and blackness in America, including 1997’s Sugar in the Raw. She is currently at work on her memoir, Surviving the White Gaze, due out from Simon & Schuster in 2020.
Darryl Harper ’90 is a jazz musician interested in how race, culture, and political economy intersect with music. Harper has performed as a jazz clarinetist in venues around the world. His credits include opening concerts for Max Roach, the Billy Taylor Trio, and the Wynton Marsalis Quartet, as well as dates with Orrin Evans, Tim Warfield, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Carla Cook, Roscoe Mitchell, Dave Holland, Uri Caine, and Regina Carter. Harper has led the small jazz ensemble The Onus since 1996. His projects as a leader also include the C3 Project, a multi-media presentation of music, video, dance and poetry. Harper is an Associate Professor in the Department of Music at Amherst and the incoming director of the Center for Humanistic Inquiry (CHI).
Now in its fourth year, Amherst’s annual literary festival celebrates the College’s extraordinary literary life by bringing to campus distinguished authors and editors to share and discuss the pleasures and challenges of verbal expression—from fiction and nonfiction, to poetry and spoken-word performance.
This year’s festival features Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Jennifer Egan, Pulitzer Prize-winning nonfiction author Elizabeth Kolbert, award-winning science writer Charles C. Mann ’76, and 2018 National Book Award for Fiction finalists Jamel Brinkley and Brandon Hobson, among others.