POSTPONED: The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke

When: Tuesday, October 20, 6:30pm
Price: $18 & up | $15 for Museum Members
Jeffrey Stewart and Lana Turner
From left to right: Photos courtesy of Jeffrey Stewart and Lana Tuner

Please note that this program was originally scheduled for Tuesday, March 24 but has been postponed to Tuesday, October 20. If you already purchased a ticket for this program, we will contact you directly. 

The Robert A. and Elizabeth R. Jeffe Distinguished Lecture in Urban History

To mark the centennial of the start of the Harlem Renaissance, the flowering of creativity that transformed African-American arts and culture in the 1920s and '30s, Jeffrey C. Stewart discusses The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke, his Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of Alain LeRoy Locke (1885-1954). Known as the "father" of the Harlem Renaissance, Locke was a renowned academic and queer philosopher whose cultural impact continues to resonate today. Stewart will consider Locke’s tremendous influence on the artists and writers of the Harlem Renaissance and his new aesthetic philosophy of urbanism in the black city. Following his presentation, Stewart will be joined in conversation by Harlem style intellectual Lana Turner, co-founder and chair of The Literary Society.

This program is part of our annual Robert A. and Elizabeth R. Jeffe Distinguished Lectures in Urban History series, in which leading observers apply insights from disciplines including history, archaeology, sociology, and architecture to examine the evolution of New York City's five boroughs.  

Following the talk, there will be a ticketed reception and book signing. A limited number of tickets are available. Click "Buy Tickets" to purchase.

About the Speakers:
Jeffrey C. Stewart is a professor in the Department of Black Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Previously, he was director of research at the Smithsonian Institution's Anacostia Museum, a guest curator at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery, and a senior advisor to the Reginald Lewis Museum of African American History and Culture in Baltimore, Maryland. The author of numerous articles, essays, and books, Stewart has taught at Harvard University, Yale University, UCLA, Tufts University, Howard University, Scripps College, and George Mason University before coming to the University of California, Santa Barbara as professor and chair of the Department of Black Studies from 2008-2016. His book, The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke was published in 2018 by Oxford University Press and has won the 2018 National Book Award in Nonfiction, the 2019 James A. Rawley Prize of the Organization of American Historians, 2019 Mark Lynton History Prize of the Nieman Foundation and Columbia School of Journalism, the 2019 American Book Award, and the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Biography.

Lana Turner, a native of New York’s Harlem, is a reader, writer, thinker, and researcher with a keen interest in the elements of art and style in black culture and why this meditation matters. Turner works as a real estate professional, archivist, and produces chamber music salons and literary events. She is co-founder and chair of The Literary Society, a New York City book discussion group founded in 1982 and based in Harlem.

Talk Only:
$20 Adults | $18 Students, Seniors, and Educators (with ID)
$15 Museum Members

Talk and Post-Program Reception:
$40 Adults | $38 Students, Seniors, and Educators (with ID)
$35 Museum Members

Members: To receive your discount, click on the "Buy Tickets" button above, then sign in to your account on the ticketing page.

Groups of 10 or more get discounts; contact us at or 917.492.3395.

Accessibility: Assistive listening devices are available and our auditorium wheelchair lift can accommodate manual and motorized wheelchairs (max. capacity 500 lbs). Please contact the Museum at 917.492.3333 or with any questions.


This program is made possible by Robert A. and Elizabeth R. Jeffe.

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