Events Calendar

Mon, Oct 26 12:00 PM 2020
GerShun Avilez at University of Maryland's Africana/Black Studies Colloquium, Virtual Event
Event type: Meeting
GerShun Avilez, author of Black Queer Freedom, will be hosted by the University of Maryland's Africana/Black Studies Colloquium for the launch of his new book.


Mon, Oct 26 4:30 PM 2020
Annette Joseph-Gabriel at Princeton University, Virtual Event
Event type: Lecture
Annette Joseph-Gabriel, author of Reimagining Liberation: How Black Women Transformed Citizenship in the French Empire, will be speaking about her new book in a lecture presented by Princeton University's Department of French and Latin.

If you would like to participate, please contact Kelly Eggers for the Zoom ID.


Tue, Oct 27 12:00 PM 2020
Danielle Fuentes Morgan at California State University, Monterey Bay, Virtual Event
Event type: Meeting
Danielle Fuentes Morgan, author of Laughing to Keep From Dying: African American Satire in the Twenty-First Century, will be giving a book talk on Zoom about her new book.

Tue, Oct 27 7:00 PM 2020
Madam C.J. Walker's Gospel of Giving Virtual Event: Tyrone McKinley Freeman in conversation with Tiffany M. Gill
Event type: Lecture
Join Tyrone McKinley Freeman and Tiffany M. Gill for a virtual event celebrating the release of Freeman's new book Madam C.J. Walker's Gospel of Giving: Black Women's Philanthropy During Jim Crow on October 27 at 7pm EST.

Register for the event here:


About the Book: 

Tyrone McKinley Freeman's biography highlights how giving shaped Walker's life before and after she became wealthy. Poor and widowed when she arrived in St. Louis in her twenties, Walker found mentorship among black churchgoers and working black women. Her adoption of faith, racial uplift, education, and self-help soon informed her dedication to assisting black women's entrepreneurship, financial independence, and activism. Walker embedded her philanthropy in how she grew her business, forged alliances with groups like the National Association of Colored Women, funded schools and social service agencies led by African American women, and enlisted her company's sales agents in local charity and advocacy work. Illuminating and dramatic, Madam C. J. Walker’s Gospel of Giving broadens our understanding of black women’s charitable giving and establishes Walker as a foremother of African American philanthropy.


About Tyrone McKinley Freeman: 

Tyrone McKinley Freeman’s work examines African American philanthropic agency in historical and contemporary contexts with an emphasis on the ways in which African Americans have used philanthropy to express their dignity and humanity as well as to survive and press for massive social reform. He is assistant professor of philanthropic studies and director of undergraduate programs at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI. Previously, he was a professional fundraiser for social services, community development, and higher education organizations. He was also associate director of The Fund Raising School where he trained nonprofit leaders in the United States, Africa, Asia, and Europe. His research has appeared in O: The Oprah Magazine, USA Today, TIME, Newsweek, NewsOne, Blavity, The Conversation, Black Perspectives, Chronicle of Philanthropy, and the Stanford Social Innovations Review. He is co-author of Race, Gender and Leadership in Nonprofit Organizations (2011 Palgrave MacMillan). Tyrone is a proud HBCU graduate, having earned his B.A. in English/Liberal Arts from Lincoln University (PA). Follow him @mckinleytyrone.


About Tiffany M. Gill:

Dr. Tiffany M. Gill is an Associate Professor of History at Rutgers University.  She is the author of Beauty Shop Politics: African American Women's Activism in the Beauty Industry ( 2010 University of Illinois Press) which received the 2010 Letitia Woods Brown Memorial Book Prize by the Association of Black Women Historians and co-editor of To Turn the Whole World Over: Black Women and Internationalism (2019 University of Illinois Press). Professor Gill’s research has been supported by various foundations, including the American Association of University Women and the National Endowment of the Humanities.  An award-winning teacher and a nationally recognized expert in African American Women’s History, fashion and beauty culture, business history, and travel and migration studies, she has provided expert commentary for various news outlets including National Public Radio, C-SPAN, CNBC, Vox, the Washington Post and New York Times. Dr. Gill has served as a consultant for international beauty retailer Sephora and as a historical advisor for Higher Ground, the film and television production company founded by President Barack and Michelle Obama.  Named a Distinguished Lecturer by the Organization of American Historian and a Regents’ Outstanding Teacher while on the faculty at the University of Texas, Gill has also been recognized by Diverse Issues in Higher Education as one of the top 25 women in higher education. Professor Gill is currently at work on a book chronicling the promise and peril of African American international leisure travel. You can find her on social media @SableVictorian.

Thu, Oct 29 4:30 PM 2020
Annette Joseph-Gabriel at Princeton University, Virtual Event
Event type: Conference/Workshop
Annette Joseph-Gabriel, author of Reimagining Liberation: How Black Women Transformed Citizenship in the French Empire, will be speaking about her new book at a workshop presented by Princeton University's Department of African American Studies.

To register, contact Shelby Sinclair at

Tue, Nov 10 12:00 AM 2020
Annette Joseph-Gabriel at Event Hosted by Professor Ivana Isailovic and Professor Cyra Akila Choudhury, Virtual Event
Event type: Meeting
Annette Joseph-Gabriel, author of Reimagining Liberation: How Black Women Transformed Citizenship in the French Empire, will be giving a book talk on Zoom about her new book. If interested, please send Professor Cyra Akila Choudhury an e-mail and she will add you to the mailing list.


Thu, Nov 12 4:00 PM 2020
"Getting it Written": A University of Illinois Press Publishing Symposium Panel
Event type: Conference/Workshop
Please join us for the University of Illinois Press Publishing Symposium panel "Getting it Written" on Thursday, November 12 at 4pm CT.


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Word by word, a blank page becomes a manuscript, a dissertation becomes a book. How does this transformation occur? How do authors find and create time, inspiration, support, and motivation to write? This practical panel will share strategies from experienced authors in the humanities and social sciences, including advice on overcoming the particular challenges of research and writing in a pandemic.


Tarini Bedi is an associate professor of anthropology, UIC, and author of The Dashing Ladies of Shiv Sena: Political Matronage in Urbanizing India (SUNY Press, 2016) and (Auto)Biographies and (Auto)Mobilities: Roads, Labor, and Kinship in Mumbai’s Taxi Trade (University of Washington Press, forthcoming).

Lynn Hudson is an associate professor of history and affiliated faculty in the Department of Black Studies at UIC. She is the author of The Making of “Mammy Pleasant”: A Black Entrepreneur in Nineteenth-Century San Francisco (University of Illinois Press, 2003) and West of Jim Crow: The Fight against California's Color Line (University of Illinois Press, 2020).

Ronak K. Kapadia is director of graduate studies and associate professor of gender and women’s studies, UIC, and author of Insurgent Aesthetics: Security and the Queer Life of the Forever War (Duke University Press, 2019). He is at work on a new book project tentatively titled Breathing in the Brown Queer Commons: Migrant Futurisms of Survival, Healing, and Justice.

Chair: Mark Canuel is a professor of English and director of the Institute for the Humanities, and the author of three monographs, most recently Justice, Dissent, and the Sublime (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012).


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Thu, Nov 12 5:10 PM 2020
Getting It Published: A University of Illinois Press Publishing Symposium Panel
Event type: Conference/Workshop
Please join us for the University of Illinois Press Publishing Symposium panel "Getting it Published" on November 12 at 5:10pm CT.

You have completed your dissertation, drafted your article, or prepared your book proposal. How do you identify the right publisher and venue for your work? What is the best way to approach an editor? What questions should you ask, and what questions should you be prepared to answer? Three experienced editors share their top tips for authors, with special focus on how to pitch your project and connect with an editor in a virtual environment.


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Debbie Gershenowitz is a senior acquisitions editor at the University of North Carolina Press. Her subject areas are African American history; the history of slavery, abolition, and freedom; histories of gender, women, and sexualities; histories of U.S. foreign relations and America and the World; military history; Latinx history; and legal history.

Emily Taber is an acquisitions editor at the MIT Press. Her subject areas are economics, finance, and business.

Daniel Nasset is editor-in-chief at the University of Illinois Press. His areas of acquisition are communication, film and media, sports, and Chicago.

Chair: Laurie Matheson is the director of the University of Illinois Press and acquires books in music and folklore.


Learn more about the Publishing Symposium here:


Wed, Nov 18 4:00 PM 2020
Laughing to Keep From Dying Virtual Event: Danielle Fuentes Morgan in conversation with W. Kamau Bell
Event type: Lecture
Join Danielle Fuentes Morgan and W. Kamau Bell for a virtual event celebrating the release of Morgan's new book Laughing to Keep From Dying: African American Satire in the Twenty-First Century on November 18, at 4pm PST. Book sales will be handled by The Collective Oakland bookstore.

You can purchase books here:

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About the Book:

By subverting comedy's rules and expectations, African American satire promotes social justice by connecting laughter with ethical beliefs in a revolutionary way. Danielle Fuentes Morgan ventures from Suzan-Lori Parks to Leslie Jones and Dave Chappelle to Get Out and Atlanta to examine the satirical treatment of race and racialization across today's African American culture. Morgan analyzes how African American artists highlight the ways that society racializes people and bolsters the powerful myth that we live in a "post-racial" nation. The latter in particular inspires artists to take aim at the idea racism no longer exists or the laughable notion of Americans "not seeing" racism or race. Their critique changes our understanding of the boundaries between staged performance and lived experience and create ways to better articulate Black selfhood. Adventurous and perceptive, Laughing to Keep from Dying reveals how African American satirists unmask the illusions and anxieties surrounding race in the twenty-first century.

About Danielle Fuentes Morgan:
Dr. Danielle Morgan is an assistant professor in the Department of English at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California who specializes in African American literature and culture in the 20th and 21st centuries. She  is interested in the ways that literature, popular culture, and humor shape identity formation. In particular, her research and teaching reflect her interests in African American satire and comedy, literature and the arts as activism, and the continuing influence of history on contemporary articulations of Black selfhood. She has written a variety of both scholarly and popular articles and has been interviewed on topics as varied as Black Lives Matter, the dangers of the “Karen” figure, race and sexuality on the Broadway stage, and Beyoncé. Her book, Laughing to Keep from Dying: African American Satire in the Twenty-First Century, is out November 16, 2020 with University of Illinois Press.

About W. Kamau Bell:
W. Kamau Bell is a stand-up comedian and the host and executive producer of the Emmy Award winning CNN docu-series United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell. His latest stand-up comedy special, Private School Negro, is available on Netflix. Kamau wrote a book with the easy-to-remember title, The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell: Tales of a 6' 4", African American, Heterosexual, Cisgender, Left-Leaning, Asthmatic, Black and Proud Blerd, Mama's Boy, Dad, and Stand-Up Comedian. He’s the ACLU Celebrity Ambassador for Racial Justice and serves on the advisory boards of Hollaback! and Donors Choose.

Thu, Nov 19 7:00 PM 2020
Deborah Kanter at Chicago History Museum Online
Event type: Lecture

The 2020–21 season of Urban History Seminars will be kicking off virtually this year!  

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all fall UHS sessions will be virtual via Zoom and free of charge. A decision regarding the winter and spring sessions is pending, but all future plans will follow city and state guidelines. 

Join Deborah Kanter of Albion College as she presents Chicago Catolico: Making Catholic Parishes Mexican. 

Thu, Nov 19 7:00 PM 2020
Queer and Trans Migrations Virtual Book Launch Event
Event type: Lecture
Join Eithne Luibhéid and Karma R. Chávez for a conversation with contributors Ruben Zecena, Fadi Saleh, Myisha Arellanus, and Sasha Wijeyeratne to celebrate the release of Queer and Trans Migrations: Dynamics of Illegalization, Detention, and Deportation. Books can be purchased from BookWoman bookstore here:


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About the book:
Eithne Luibhéid and Karma R. Chávez’s edited collection provides a first-of-its-kind look at LGBTQ migrants and communities. The academics, activists, and artists in the volume center illegalization, detention, and deportation in national and transnational contexts, and examine how migrants and allies negotiate, resist, refuse, and critique these processes. The works contribute to the fields of gender and sexuality studies, critical race and ethnic studies, borders and migration studies, and decolonial studies.

Bridging voices and works from inside and outside of the academy, and international in scope, "Queer and Trans Migrations" illuminates new perspectives in the field of queer and trans migration studies.


Eithne Luibhéid is Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies. She holds a Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies from Berkeley, and her research focuses on the connections among queer lives, racialization processes, state immigration controls, and justice struggles. She served as the Director of the Institute for LGBT Studies at UA from 2007-2011. Luibhéid is the author of Pregnant on Arrival: Making the ‘Illegal’ Immigrant (University of Minnesota Press, 2013) and Entry Denied: Controlling Sexuality at the Border (University of Minnesota Press, 2002). She is the editor of “Lives that Resist Telling: Migrant and Refugee Lesbians” (a special issue of Journal of Lesbian Studies, forthcoming 2020) and “Queer Migrations” (a special issue of GLQ, 2008). Luibhéid co-edited Queer and Trans Migrations: Dynamics of ‘Illegalization,’ Detention, and Deportation (University of Illinois Press, forthcoming 2020); A Global History of Sexuality (Wiley Blackwell, 2014); and Queer Migrations: Sexuality, Citizenship, and Border Crossings (University of Minnesota Press, 2005). She has held fellowships at the University of Texas, Austin and the University of Bristol.


Karma R. Chávez teaches, writes, and currently serves as chair in the Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies at the University of Texas at Austin where she also holds several affiliate faculty appointments. Working with colleagues across UT’s College of Liberal Arts, Chávez has been helping to create a new initiative called GRIDS (Gender, Race, Indigeneity, Disability, and Sexuality Studies), designed to foster relationships among those who study these and other systems of power. In the summer of 2019, along with several amazing colleagues of color and white allies, Chávez helped to found the new Michigan State University Press journal, Rhetoric, Politics, and Culture. She has published three co-edited volumes, including Text + Field: Innovations in Rhetorical Method (Penn State Press, 2016); a book of interviews called Palestine on the Air (University of Illinois Press, 2019); and a monograph titled Queer Migration Politics: Activist Rhetoric and Coalitional Possibilities (University of Illinois Press, 2013). She’s recently finished another monograph called The Borders of AIDS: Race, Quarantine, and Resistance (U of Washington Press, 2021).


Ruben Zecena is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Gender & Women's Studies at the University of Arizona. He is a formerly undocumented queer migrant from El Salvador. His dissertation traces the formation of queer and trans migrant imaginaries, showing how these imaginaries redefine social relations within and against the nation-state. His work appears in WSQ: Women's Studies Quarterly, Constellations: A Cultural Rhetorics Publishing Space, and Border-Lines, among others. @mizruben


Fadi Saleh is a PhD candidate at the Institute for Cultural Anthropology and European Ethnology at the University of Göttingen, Germany. In his PhD project, he traces the recent emergence of Syrian LGBTIQ refugees as a constituency in discourses around humanitarianism, asylum, and queerness. In addition to his academic research, Fadi continues to work with many LGBTIQ organizations in Europe and across the Middle East and North Africa region in a variety of consultancy, research, training, and advocacy capacities.


Myisha Arellanus is a muralist, educator, digital and scenic painter based in Los Angeles, CA. Since 2010 she has designed, painted, and led multiple private and public murals. Myisha’s approach to public art is rooted in community engagement leading them to collaborate with various organizations and non-profits across Los Angeles. Myisha uses aging and conservation techniques creatively as elements of storytelling. Their experience as a migrant from Mexico City raised in California, has resulted in a painting style not too easily defined. Myisha’s studio work depicts images of nature alongside political themes, portraits, and reimagined sites resulting in a view of an alternate reality form.


Sasha Wijeyeratne is the former organizing director at the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance, working to build the power of LGBTQ API com-munities toward a world where all queer and trans people of color can thrive. Sasha is currently the executive director of CAAAV: Organizing Asian Commu-nities, organizing working-class Asian immigrants in Chinatown and Queens in New York City. Sasha has been part of a number of grassroots and national organizing campaigns and deeply believes in the power of organizing to win impossible battles. They are confident that we have what we need to transform ourselves and our world and that working-class immigrant and people of color organizing will get us free. Sasha has also been part of a variety of organizing and political education projects, including: South Asian Youth Movement, No Dane County Jail Coalition, VigilantLove, Asians for Black Lives, DC Desi Summer, Queer South Asian National Network, and more.

Thu, Dec 10 12:00 PM 2020
Wazhmah Osman at the Center for Advanced Research in Global Communications (Online)
Event type: Lecture
In her book Television and the Afghan Culture Wars: Brought to You by Foreigners, Warlords, and Activists, Osman analyzes the impact of international funding and cross-border media flows on the national politics of Afghanistan, the region, and beyond. Fieldwork from across Afghanistan allowed Osman to record the voices of Afghan media producers and people from all sectors of society. Afghans offer their own seldom-heard views on the country’s cultural progress and belief systems, their understandings of themselves, and the role of international interventions. Osman looks at the national and transnational impact of media companies like Tolo TV, Radio Television Afghanistan, and foreign media giants and funders like the British Broadcasting Corporation and USAID. By focusing on local cultural contestations, productions, and social movements, Television and the Afghan Culture Wars redirects the global dialogue about Afghanistan to Afghans and thereby challenges top-down narratives of nation-building and human rights development.

Mon, Dec 14 1:00 PM 2020
Anya Jabour at The National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House Online
Event type: Lecture
This season’s line-up for the Susan B. Anthony Museum & House Monday Lecture Series features ten guest speakers covering a range of timely topics inspired by the life, work, and legacy of Susan B. Anthony.  This season will be presented online, with each presentation offered to registered guests at 1pm ET. Join Anya Jabour, author of "Sophonisba Breckinridge: Championing Women's Activism in Modern America," for the December lecture, Relationships and Rights: Sophonisa Breckinridge, Same-Sex Relationships , and Women’s Activism in Modern America.

Sat, Apr 3 8:00 PM 2021
Stephen Wade at the Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL
Event type: Performance
Stephen Wade, author of The Beautiful Music All Around Us: Field Recordings and the American Experience, will perform at the Old Town School of Folk Music.


The University of Illinois Press attends scholarly conferences and trade book shows throughout North America each year. A list of our meetings follows. Stop by our booth to browse, to buy, or to speak to one of our acquisition editors or staff. For further information, contact Exhibits Manager Margo Chaney.