Join the The Center for Folklore Studies as they host a lecture by David Todd Lawrence, English professor at the University of St. Thomas. In this presentation, Dr. Lawrence will explore and consider the possibilities of an unsettled and decolonized ethnography – one that surrenders rather than conquers, that opens up to rather than comprehends, that fails rather than succeeds.
David Todd Lawrence teaches African American literature and expressive culture, folklore studies, and cultural studies at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. He is co-author of When They Blew the Levee: Race, Politics, and Community in Pinhook, MO (2018), winner of the 2019 Chicago Folklore Prize. An ethnographer, folklorist, and literary scholar – his work sits at the intersection of identity, narrative, community, and culture. Dr. Lawrence is also co-creator of the George Floyd and Anti-Racist Street Art Database and co-director of the Urban Art Mapping research project.