SAI Books and Authors: "Bengali Harlem"
A talk by Vivek Bald (MIT)
"Bengali Harlem and the Lost Histories of South Asian Americans"
Co-Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity and the Institute for Research in African-American Studies
Vivek Bald is Assistant Professor of Writing and Digital Media at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His work as a documentary filmmaker and scholar focuses on histories of the South Asian diaspora. His current project traces the lives of South Asian Muslim silk peddlers and merchant seamen who settled within communities of color in the U.S. South, Northeast, and Midwest in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It is the basis for a recently published book, Bengali Harlem and the Lost Histories of South Asian America (2013), a website, at http://bengaliharlem.com/ and a documentary film in production, In Search of Bengali Harlem.
Time: 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Location: Knox Hall, Room 208, 606 West 122nd Street, between Broadway and Claremont Avenue