May 11, 2018
Occidental College will offer a new major and minor in Black studies (BLST) beginning in fall 2018. Associate professor of American studies Courtney Baker will chair the new program, which she co-crafted with American studies professor Erica Ball.
February 16, 2018
When it comes to watching Black Panther, Dr. Baker said that people “will get more out of it by thinking about the project of Afrofuturism, which is about black possibility, black diversity, and black empowerment, and that has to do with a global condition of blackness.”
Interview: #EmmettTillProject: “His death had everything to do with the identity of the nation”
August 29, 2017
Courtney Baker discusses the legacy of Emmett Till, the power of the image, and the brave genius of Mamie Till.
Interview: WFHB Interchange: Lynchings on Loop: How Terror Goes Viral
July 26, 2016
Courtney Baker on the double-edged power of images of black suffering and death.
Interview: The Chauncey DeVega Show: Courtney Baker on Images of Black Suffering and Death
June 24, 2016
Dr. Baker and Chauncey talk about police and anti-black violence, the continuity of white on black racial terrorism from Reconstruction and the postbellum era to the present, and if the street vigilante and police killings of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown constitute “modern day lynchings”.
Panel discussion: Race in the Media
September 12, 2015
Moderated by Aliyya Swaby, panelists Courtney Baker, Kenya (Robinson), Frances Robles, and Kirsten West Savali discuss how racial bias is portrayed in the news and popular media and examine the language used to describe crime and recent events.
TedX Talk: Wandering through Literature: The Ends of Reading
April 12, 2014
Bringing poets as varied as William Wordsworth, Nikky Finney, Rudyard Kipling, and Etheridge Knight into conversation, Courtney Baker makes a case for the ethical conditions of reading.