Race and America’s Long War with Busboys and Poets Books
5th & K | Cullen Room | May 16, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Please join Busboys and Poets Books for a conversation on Race and America's Long War with Dr. Nikhil Pal Singh. 

Donald Trump’s election to the U.S. presidency in 2016, which placed control of the government in the hands of the most racially homogenous, far-right political party in the Western world, produced shock and disbelief for liberals, progressives, and leftists globally. Yet most of the immediate analysis neglects longer-term accounting of how the United States arrived here. Race and America’s Long War examines the relationship between war, politics, police power, and the changing contours of race and racism in the contemporary United States. Nikhil Pal Singh argues that the United States’ pursuit of war since the September 11 terrorist attacks has reanimated a longer history of imperial statecraft that segregated and eliminated enemies both within and overseas. In a series of interlinked arguments he shows how the return of racism and war as seemingly permanent features of American political life is at the heart of our present crisis and collective disorientation.

Nikhil Pal Singh is Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis and History at New York University, and founding Faculty Director of the NYU Prison Education Program and a historian of the civil rights movement, foreign policy and national security in the 20th-century United States. He is the author of the award-winning, Black Is a Country: Race and the Unfinished Struggle for Democracy (Harvard University Press, 2004), author and editor with Jack O’Dell of Climin’ Jacob’s Ladder; The Black Freedom Movement Writing of Jack O’Dell. Singh’s writing and historian interviews have appeared in a number of popular venues, including New York Magazine, N+1, TIME, the New Republic, The Intercept, Open Source, andCode Switch.

Books will be available before and after the event. Please contact books@busboysandpoets.com with questions. 

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