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My Soul Looks Back

Jessica Harris Interviewed by Boyd Tonkin

Saturday, 17 March 2018

2:00pm

1 hour

St Cross College

£7 - £12.50

Writer and academic Jessica Harris recalls a lost era – the vibrant New York of her youth, where her social circle included Maya Angelou, James Baldwin, Tonni Morrison and other members of the black intelligentsia.

In the Technicolor glow of the early 70s, Harris debated, celebrated, and danced her way from the jazz clubs of Manhattan’s West Side to the restaurants of the Village, living out her buoyant youth alongside the great minds of the day. My Soul Looks Back is her paean to that fascinating social circle and to the depth of their shared commitment to activism, intellectual engagement, and each other.

Harris is considered one of the pre-eminent scholars of the food and culture of the African Diaspora. She teaches at Queens College, City University of New York, and lectures internationally. Her articles have appeared in Vogue, New York Times and Essence, amongst many other publications.

Here she talks to Boyd Tonkin, a senior writer and columnist at The Independent. He is a former literary editor at The Independent, and before that social policy editor and then books editor at the New Statesman magazine.

Presented by the Oxford Cultural Collective.

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FT Weekend Title partner University of Oxford HSBC Global banking partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner Worcester College Worcester College: Festival college partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner BBC World Service International radio partner BBC Four Television Broadcast media partner British Academy HM Government of Gibraltar Festival green room sponsor Gibunco Group Sponsor of Gibraltar Lecture Galileo Foundation Italian Cultural Institute Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller Ian and Carol Sellars allmanhall Lady Hatch Emily Rose and James Marrow George Warren Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design Marshall Maserati Festival courtesy cars The Macdonald Randolph Hotel The festival hotel Eynsham Hall Royds Withy King Lawyers to the festival Said Business School Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies New College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Cross College St Cross College Corpus Christi College The Queen’s College The Queen's College St John’s College St John's College Jesus College Hertford College Exeter College Exeter College St Hilda’s College Keble College Keble College Oxford University Press Princeton University Press Oxford Brookes University Oxford Cultural Collective K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography Ashmolean Museum Floris of London University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office The Oxford Times Regional media partner BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner Macdonald Bear Hotel Mary and Cecil Quillen Conference Oxford Critchleys Liaison Financial Services The Litmus Partnership British Humanist Association The Sheldonian Theatre Felicity Bryan Associates The Royal Society of Literature Oxford University Museum of Natural History The Story Museum Oxford City Council City Audio Visual OX magazine