The Great Migration and Its Lasting Cultural Impact with Dr. Courtney Pierre Joseph

The Great Migration and Its Lasting Cultural Impact with Dr. Courtney Pierre Joseph


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Between 1910-1970, millions of African Americans moved from the southern US to cities in the north and west, notably Chicago.  Join a historian to discover how this mass exodus, called The Great Migration, remade the country's demographics and revealed the ways that racism was a national problem.

We'll discuss the origins and history of the migration, as well as its lasting cultural impact. Indeed, it brought jazz, blues, Black cuisine, and other cultural artifacts to new spaces while also shining a light on how racism functions in urban spaces. We'll also look at how, since 1970, the migration has shifted: the newest Black migrants to northern and western cities are from Africa and the Caribbean, and the descendants of the original Great Migration are moving back south.

Led by professor of African American Studies Dr. Courtney Pierre Joseph, this seminar will introduce participants to the lasting impact of the Great Migration. Designed to inform curiosity as well as educate, participants will emerge with a deeper understanding of this important period of history and its effect today.

Courtney Pierre Joseph is an Assistant Professor of History and African American Studies at Lake Forest College. Her specializations are in African American history and culture, Haiti and its diaspora, women and gender studies, and hip hop culture. Joseph earned her PhD in History from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2017. She has spoken at numerous institutions, including the DuSable Museum of African American History, and at various events, including the fall 2020 Chicago Humanities Festival. Dr. Joseph is currently working on her first book, tentatively titled DuSable’s Diaspora: Haiti, Blackness, and Belonging in Chicago.

Not suitable for children under age 13 (sensitive content).

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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K.L.
The Great Migration and Its Lasting Cultural Impact

Excellent presentation! I learned so much. Dr Joseph is awesome!

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B.H.
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The presentation was shorter than I expected. The material was somewhat interesting although I didn't learn very much that was new. The speaker was clear and presented the material in an understandable way.

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K.L.
The Great Migration and Its Lasting Cultural Impact

Excellent presentation! I learned so much. Dr Joseph is awesome!

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B.H.
Great Migration

The presentation was shorter than I expected. The material was somewhat interesting although I didn't learn very much that was new. The speaker was clear and presented the material in an understandable way.