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CANCELLED: 'Far from Sanctuary' by History Writer in Residence Allyson Hobbs

Event Details

March 23, 2017
4:00 pm

Campus Center

Room: 174-76

UMass Amherst Campus

Handicap access available
Free admission
Mary Lashway

Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, The 11th Annual Writer in Residence Lecture featuring Allyson Hobbs has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience.


Allyson Hobbs, the History Department's writer in residence, speaks on "Far From Sanctuary: African American Travel and the Road to Civil Rights."

In this talk, Hobbs argues that the national fraternity of American motorists excluded African Americans during the early to mid-20th century despite the ostensibly democratic nature of the “open road.” Providing a textured account of the emotional lives of black drivers including the sense of pride, the seduction, and the exhilaration that owning a car offered, this talk also considers the fears and anxieties that arose once African Americans motorists got behind the wheel. The road was (and certainly, still is) a site of racial contestation. This talk calls for a reconsideration of “automobility” and the role of the car in African American culture. 

Hobbs is associate professor in the department of history and director of African and African American studies at Stanford University.  She is a contributing staff writer for the New and a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians. Hobbs's first book, A Chosen Exile: A History of Racial Passing in American Life, published by Harvard University Press in 2014, examines the phenomenon of racial passing in the United States from the late eighteenth century to the present.  A Chosen Exile won the Frederick Jackson Turner Prize for best first book in American history and the Lawrence Levine Prize for best book in American cultural history.

Each year, with major funding from Five Colleges, Inc., the UMass Amherst Department of History brings a writer of national prominence to campus for a week-long residency. This program facilitates sustained conversation with widely-read authors whose historical work engages broad public audiences.

The Cape Cod Lounge is in the Student Union, which is a short distance from the Campus Center Parking Garage. The garage is off of Commonwealth Ave (1 Campus Center Way) and is free to attendees of this lecture. Parking vouchers will be provided at the event.



The Campus Center is located in the middle of campus at 1 Campus Center Way. Parking is available in the Campus Center Garage.

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Event Category

Diversity History