Politicizing Beyoncé: A Community Classroom Conversation

Kevin Allred

This event is a mini-version of the semester-long "Politicizing Beyoncé" college course, using the most popular class session. Kevin provides some quick background material on relevant readings on intersectionality, politics, and black feminist art -- Kimberlé Crenshaw's theory of "intersectionality"; Melissa Harris-Perry's metaphor of black women facing a "crooked room" in society; and Kara Walker's large-scale installation, "A Subtlety." The bulk of the program is then spent analyzing Beyoncé's videos "Partition" and "Jealous" (they are connected visually on the album) and the ways that Beyoncé is offering similar political critique as the aforementioned women, though it's not often seen as similar. The force of the analysis is on the ways that Beyoncé is not performing sexuality just for the sake of sexuality, but rather to critique the ways that society always already sees black female bodies as available for public consumption.

The program is set up to be as interactive as possible, so participants can feel like they are actively taking part. In other words, Kevin facilitates and directs the conversation, giving some information and prompting participants with questions. However, the material can be presented in a more traditional lecture format if desired. Choice on format can be indicated via email prior to the program. Kevin is also happy to answer any questions you may have about the program. There are other customizable versions for similar programs, but focusing on other Beyoncé songs/videos with other theoretical background. These options do have a higher price, however, as more work is involved to put them together. Don't hesitate to inquire.

What You Get

The magic is in the details. Unless stated otherwise above, your videocast will:
* Last up to one hour
* Allow for up to 200 connections into the Cast (a connection is a login from a unique location)
* Include the two-way video experience (including interactive HD streaming video and audio) and dedicated support

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Kevin Allred is a feminist author, educator, and undoer of the status quo. A shameless outlaw of academia, he believes that everyone -- not just gatekeepers of the Ivory Tower -- should have access to knowledge and education. Kevin's mission is to facilitate conversations about alternative narratives, histories, and ideologies that confront mainstream America’s current definition of “normal,” all while moving beyond the walls of the traditional classroom.

Currently, a professor at Rutgers University in Women's and Gender Studies, his main teaching interests involve pop culture and politics. He created his own signature course, "Politicizing Beyoncé," which he has been teaching since 2010. The course combines Beyoncé's music with black feminist history and activism to engage students in conversations around the complicated race, gender, and sexual politics of contemporary America. "Politicizing Beyoncé" has been celebrated nationally and internationally as an innovative and creative way to reach young people through pop culture while never sacrificing academic rigor. It has been featured everywhere from the Washington Post and New York Times Magazine to Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, and The Source, as well as countless pop culture blogs and online news sites. Kevin and "Politicizing Beyoncé" were even featured on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer. Kevin also continues to travel the country giving keynote presentations based off the "Politicizing Beyoncé" curriculum, as well as talks combining pop culture and politics more generally, everywhere from Harvard University to Claremont McKenna College. The course is also currently being turned into a nonfiction book for all audiences.

In addition to teaching, Kevin can regularly be seen as a contributor on CNN, HuffPost Live, and, most notably, as a regular panelist on MSNBC Shift's "So POPular with Janet Mock." He is also the host of the pop culture podcast "Bey-Ond Pop Culture!" Kevin was born in Logan, UT and has lived in Los Angeles, CA; Boston, MA; and now resides in Brooklyn, NY.

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