A New Vision of Black Freedom: The Manning Marable Memorial Conference | April 26-29, 2012

Dr. Farah Jasmine Griffin & Dr. Carl Hart

Dr. Farah Griffin
Harlem Nocturne: Women Artists and Progressive Politics During World War II
Dr. Carl Hart
High Price: A Neuroscientist's Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society


Harlem Nocturne
Women Artists and Progressive Politics During World War II
by Farah Jasmine Griffin 

As World War II raged overseas, Harlem witnessed a battle of its own. Brimming with creative and political energy, Harlem’s diverse array of artists and activists launched a bold cultural offensive aimed at winning democracy for all Americans, regardless of race or gender. In Harlem Nocturne, esteemed scholar Farah Jasmine Griffin tells the stories of three black female artists whose creative and political efforts fueled this movement for change: novelist Ann Petry, a major new literary voice; choreographer and dancer Pearl Primus, a pioneer in her field; and composer and pianist Mary Lou Williams, a prominent figure in the emergence of Be-Bop. As Griffin shows, these women made enormous strides for social justice during the war, laying the groundwork for the Civil Rights Movement before the Cold War temporarily froze their democratic dreams. A rich account of three distinguished artists and the city that inspired them, Harlem Nocturne captures a period of unprecedented vitality and progress for African Americans and women in the United States.


High Price by Dr. Carl Hart

High Price:
A Neuroscientist's Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society

By Dr. Carl Hart 


A groundbreaking neuroscientist shares his story of growing up in one of Miami’s toughest neighborhoods and how it led him to his pioneering work in drug addiction.

As a youth, Carl Hart didn't realize the value of school, studying just enough to keep him on the basketball team. At the same time, he was immersed in street life. Today, he is a cutting-edge neuroscientist—Columbia University’s first tenured African American professor in the sciences—whose landmark, controversial research is redefining our understanding of addiction. 

In this provocative and eye-opening memoir, he recalls his journey of self-discovery, interweaving past and present, Hart goes beyond the hype as he examines the relationship between drugs and pleasure, choice, and motivation, both in the brain and in society. His findings shed new light on common ideas about race, poverty, and drugs and explain why current policies are failing. 


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