UMass Amherst Hosts Talk by Hampshire College’s Christopher Tinson on Ferguson and Ongoing Struggle for Black Humanity

Christopher Tinson

AMHERST, Mass. – Christopher Tinson, assistant professor of African American studies at Hampshire College, will speak on “Black (im)Possibility: Ferguson and the Persistent Indictment of American Society,” on Wednesday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. in the Commonwealth Honors College Events Hall at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Tinson is the first of three featured speakers in the Distinguished Lecture Series on Social Thought and Political Economy.

His talk will engage the movement of our day as an ongoing, decentralized struggle for black humanity. He argues that direct action protests, mass marches, expressions of international solidarity and the demands for community oversight of government and police point to the incompatibility of black radical protest. Tinson will explain how, rather than advance a convenient progress narrative, Ferguson, as the epicenter of this justice struggle, reveals the continuing tension between black political desires and notions of democracy.

Tinson earned his doctorate from UMass Amherst in Afro-American studies. His interdisciplinary research and teaching focus on the intersections between Africana radical traditions, U.S. ethnic studies, hip-hop culture, critical media studies, incarceration, community-based education, and race and sports. His writings have been published in The Black Scholar, The Journal of African American History, The Nation and Radical Teacher. He currently resides in Holyoke, and has conducted workshops at various college campuses, high schools and juvenile detention centers in the area, and serves as a youth mentor. Since 2006 he has hosted TRGGR Radio, a hip-hop-rooted social justice radio program.

The Distinguished Lecture Series on Social Thought and Political Economy is sponsored by Commonwealth Honors College and the social thought and political economy program. The lecture series provides an opportunity for students to gain an interdisciplinary understanding on a variety of social issues.

The event is free and open to the public.