About this Event

Tuesday, 1 December 2020
12:30-1:30 PM EST on Zoom
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Antiracist Bookwork

Sponsored by UMD’s BookLab

Hosted by BookLab, book artist and printer Tia Blassingame (Scripps College and Primrose Press), will be in conversation with Curtis Small, Jr. (Coordinator of Public Services for Special Collections at the University of Delaware).

The University of Maryland Center for Literary and Comparative Studies is sponsoring a year-long linked series of events, “Antiracism: Research • Teaching • Public Engagement,” that support and act upon the statements of solidarity for Black Lives Matter issued by the Department, College, and University. We also convene this series to honor and highlight the longstanding commitment among many English Department faculty and students to antiracist scholarship and teaching.

Drawing upon the flexibility of the virtual environment—all of our programming in AY 20-21 will be virtual—we are committed to supporting the work of emerging, early-, and mid-career scholars and teachers, with a particular emphasis on welcoming BIPOC and BAME scholars and teachers in the US and abroad. We envisage that these events will draw audiences from the University of Maryland and beyond. Our intention is to contribute to the development of antiracist scholarship and pedagogy, and to offer public engagement with our various communities beyond campus in the service of promoting antiracism in all its forms. We are also committed to making these events accessible.

The Antiracism series is co-sponsored by the University Libraries and the Graduate School’s Office of Graduate Diversity and Inclusion.

For more information about the series, including upcoming events, please visit our site.



Tia Blassingame is a book artist and printmaker exploring the intersection of race, history, and perception. Utilizing printmaking and book arts techniques, she renders racially-charged images and histories for a nuanced discussion on issues of race and racism. Blassingame holds a B.A. in Architecture from Princeton University, M.A. in Book Arts from Corcoran College of Art + Design, and M.F.A. in Printmaking from Rhode Island School of Design. She has been a teaching artist at the National Building Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Glen Echo, Pyramid Atlantic, and University of Maryland at College Park.

Curtis Small, Jr. is the Coordinator of Public Services for Special Collections at the University of Delaware. Small oversees the Special Collections’ exhibition program, instruction activities, and reference services. He regularly curates exhibitions and is a member of the project team for the Colored Conventions Project, an award winning Digital Humanities project that documents the largest African American advocacy movement of the nineteenth century.

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