This talk focuses on Professor Lichtenstein's curatorial work on an exhibition of photographs of South Africa by Margaret Bourke-White. The photographs, taken 1949-1950 for Life magazine, offer a visual history of the diversity of South African life as whites imposed total segregation. The exhibit highlights the place of these photos within Bourke-White’s work; the dynamics of African and white culture in South Africa at this critical juncture; and the birth of Afrikaner nationalism and formation of the apartheid state, as it was presented to an American audience themselves grappling with segregation.
Alex Lichtenstein is associate professor of history at Indiana University, Bloomington, and he has taught at the University of the Western Cape and the University of Cape Town. His work centers on the intersection of labor history and the struggle for racial justice in societies shaped by white supremacy, particularly the U.S. South (1865-1954) and 20th-century South Africa. His first book, Twice the Work of Free Labor examines the role of convict leasing and chain gangs in the remaking of the postbellum American South. His articles and essays on South African labor have appeared in Journal of Southern African Studies, Journal of African History, and the LA Review of Books.
Cost: Free and open to the public; pay-by-space and all-day parking ($12) available in lot 3.
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