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Talk: Black Humanity, Visible Violence, and Liberation Aesthetics

Courtney R. Baker, Ph.D. ‘08, an associate professor in the department of English at the University of California, Riverside, delivered a talk, “Black Humanity, Visible Violence and Liberation Aesthetics, on Monday, Oct. 14, 2019, in the Moyle Room of the Karsh Alumni and Visitor Center. The talk was part of the Duke Department of African & African American Studies 50th anniversary 2019/2020 speaker series.

Press Release: Occidental to Offer New Black Studies Major in Fall 2018

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.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. visits Occidental College in March 1967.

Consultant: Meet the Woman Behind the African Utopia in ‘Black Panther’ by Gabrielle Bruney

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.