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Toward A Different Kind of Winning: Nurturing Black Creativity and Masculinity

Why this matters

Black masculinity is a predominant focus of sports culture, and through creativity and self-expression, it can be reimagined.

Center for Imagination in the BorderlandsGlobal Sport Institute and the ASU Art Museum invite you to join us for a conversation with Freedom Reads Founder and Director Reginald Dwayne Betts and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Mitchell Jackson, moderated by Global Sport Institute CEO Kenneth Shropshire.

Toward A Different Kind of Winning: Nurturing Black Creativity and Masculinity will engage the importance of articulating and making legible the many languages and stories that carry us through our most painful and joyful moments, our defeats and victories. It will be our luck to experience one of the many fields of strength and care that emerge when Black creativity and masculinity are nurtured together, in story and language, in friendship and in being alongside, through the thick and the thin, toward something that outlasts winning. This conversation is in collaboration with the Undoing Time: Art and Histories of Incarceration exhibit (now until Feb. 12) currently on display at the ASU Art Museum.

The event will also include an excerpted performance from Betts’ solo show, Felon: An American Washi Tale, which weaves traditional theater, poetry, fine art and Japanese papermaking aesthetic principles into a meditation on Betts’ experiences of incarceration and his legal work to free friends that are still in prison.

We are honored to have the opportunity to hear from Betts, Jackson and Shropshire. We encourage you to attend the virtual conversation on January 20th. We will have closed captioning and ASL interpretive services. If you have any questions, please contact us at imagineborderlands@asu.edu.

*We will be raffling 10 autographed book bundles of the speakers' works to attendees. Book bundle includes: Survival Math by Mitchell Jackson, Felon:Poems by Reginald Dwayne Bettsand Sport Matters by Kenneth Shropshire.

Event Details:
Date: 
Thursday, January 20th
Time: 5:30PM (Arizona) / 7:30PM (ET)

 

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About the speakers:

Professor Kenneth L. Shropshire is CEO of the Global Sport Institute and the adidas Distinguished Professor of Global Sport at Arizona State University. He took on this current leadership role following a 30-year career as an endowed full professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Mitchell S. Jackson is the winner of the 2021 Pulitzer Prize in Feature Writing and the 2021 National Magazine Award in Feature Writing. Jackson is also a well-regarded speaker who has delivered lectures and key note addresses all over the world, including the annual TED Conference, the Ubud (Bali) Writers and Readers Festival, and the Sydney Writers’ Festival, as well as at esteemed institutions, among them Yale University, Brown University, Cornell University, and Columbia University. A formerly incarcerated person, Jackson is also a social justice advocate who, as part of his outreach, visits prisons and youth facilities in the United States and abroad.

Reginald Dwayne Betts transformed himself from a sixteen-year old kid sentenced to nine-years in prison to a critically acclaimed writer and graduate of the Yale Law School. He has written three acclaimed collections of poetry, the recently published Felon, Bastards of the Reagan Era and Shahid Reads His Own Palm.