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Reading Programs, Resources, and Communities: Heads of the Colored People (Fall 2019)

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About the author

Nafissa Thompson-SpiresNafissa D. Thompson-Spires is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Illinois. Her research interests include fiction writing, television studies, and 20th century American literature. In her own words: "In my fiction, I consider what it means to be a (black)subject in an era of alleged postracialism, particularly when gender, technology, and disability intersect with racial identity. In my research, I examine how television series -- especially youth series -- circulate internationally and come to define cultural aesthetics, approaches to multiculturalism, and models of didacticism." 

Thompson-Spires' stories have been published in The Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly Journal, Story Quarterly, East Bay Review, The Feminist Wire, and more.

You can find her on Twitter at @TisforThompson

Photo by Daryl Wilson / for the Chicago Tribune


Scheduled events:

  • Common Read Presentation. Author Nafissa Thompson-Spires will present a lecture on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at 7:00 pm in the CUB Ballroom. This event is open to the public.