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Black on the Edge: Amplifying Pittsburgh HBCU Narratives

Scott, Khirsten (2022) Black on the Edge: Amplifying Pittsburgh HBCU Narratives. In: Pitt Momentum Fund 2022.

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Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) were created as a corrective to the legacy of slavery’s having outlawed the formal education of Black people. Although the U.S.’s 107 HBCUs now account for merely 3 percent of US colleges and universities, public discourse surrounding them often hinges on questions about their efficacy and relevance in addressing structural racism. My developing book to satisfy tenure requirements, Black on the Edge: Rhetorics of HBCU Survival, poses the question: “What remains unregistered in US collective imaginations as it relates to HBCUs? To answer it, I challenges readers across HBCU communities as well as those in various disciplinary and interdisciplinary fields to interrogate the junctions of history and memory, especially the nuances of forgetting and remembering. "Black on the Edge: Amplifying Pittsburgh HBCU Narratives" seeks to explore those junctions and nuances within the city of Pittsburgh, the greater Allegheny county region, and throughout the state of Pennsylvania. The proposed project's focus on amplification is one of addition--what stories, perspectives, and experiences can be added to our conversations and knowledge on HBCUs. The project will qualitative (oral history interviews) and quantitative (representation of HBCU presence) data centered on capturing, representing, and circulating HBCU stories.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Other)
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Scott, KhirstenKLE37@pitt.edu0000-0003-4454-0044
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Office of Sponsored Research > Pitt Momentum Fund
Date: 2022
Event Title: Pitt Momentum Fund 2022
Event Type: Other
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.18117/t64j-ta61
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > English
Refereed: No
Uncontrolled Keywords: Seeding Grants - Creative Arts, Performing Arts & Humanities
Other ID: 5190
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2022 20:07
Last Modified: 17 Feb 2023 21:34


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