Announcing our Summer Short-term Fellows 2022!

After a competitive fellowship application process, it is with great enthusaism that we share our recently selected Black Metropolis Research Consortium Summer Short-term Fellows. This cohort of fellows are from varied educational backgrounds including history, performance & media arts, education and the social sciences. Currently residing in Chicago, other parts of the Midwest and the East Coast, they will complete a one-month residency in the Chicago area this summer. Each fellow has a primary research agenda that focuses on an aspect of the African American experience in America hashing out all of its intricacies, complications and variables. Fellows will use collections housed at our BMRC member institutions. To learn more about them and their research projects, please see our BMRC Fellows webpage.


Women's Herstory: A Conversation on Black Feminism, Queer Black Women and the Arts

Join the Black Metropolis Research Consortium on Wednesday, March 30 at 12 noon CT/1:00 pm ET. as we close out Women's History Month. Our 2nd annual program is Women's Herstory: A Conversation on Black Feminism, Black Queer Women and the Arts. We will hear from Misty DeBerry, Ph.D., a 2016 BMRC Fellow whose areas of expertise are Black Feminist Thought, Performance Theory, Queer of Color Critique, Debt/Indebtedness, Performance Art & Practice, Transformative Justice. Dr. DeBerry is on faculty at Dartmouth College as a Senior Lecturer, Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies and also as Artist-in-Residence, Consortium for the Study of Race, Migration and Sexuality. Their BMRC research project was titled The Black Feminist Avant-Garde and Socially Engaged Art in Chicago, 1930s-1950s. Dr. DeBerry's forthcoming book, based on her doctoral dissertation is In Due Time: Performance and the Psychic Life of Black Debt.


Program Contact: Allison Sutton -

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Image: Ida B. Wells, activist, journalist, teacher, and anti-lynching crusader, pictured wearing a button she created to publicize a memorial service for African American combatants court-martialed and hanged in Houston. -- University of Chicago Library, Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center

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