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Central Wisconsin Book Festival Charles Hughes: Hidden Histories of Race in Pop Culture

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Central Wisconsin Book Festival
Charles Hughes: Hidden Histories of Race in Pop Culture

Adults & Teens

The Central Wisconsin Book Festival is excited to welcome back to the Wausau area historian and author Charles Hughes! 

In his talk, "Crossing Over and Fighting Back: Hidden Histories of Race in Pop Culture," Hughes will discuss how, throughout U.S. history, popular culture has been a crucial site for understanding and reimagining racial identity and racial politics. He'll also talk about what pop culture can tell us about race, racism and resistance, discuss his extensive writing about music - including his acclaimed first book "Country Soul: Making Music and Making Race in the American South" - and will preview new research into professional wrestling. Beyond this, Hughes will more generally discuss the multiple ways that cultural forms from movies to fashion help us think about these complicated and often difficult questions. We'll also have time for audience questions!

Charles will also participate in a panel discussion about writing techniques and methods on Saturday, Sept. 28 with authors Callie Bates and Liam Callanan at MCPL Wausau.

Free and open to the public, no registration required. Call 715-261-7230 for more information.

Support for the 2019 Central Wisconsin Book Festival is provided by: The Community Arts Grant Program of the Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin, with funds provided by the Wisconsin Arts Board, a state agency, the Community Foundation, and the B.A. & Esther Greenheck Foundation; the Dudley Foundation; the Marathon County Public Library Foundation; the Walter Alexander Foundation; the Friends of the Marathon County Public Library; Wisconsin Public Radio; Mary Bethke Fund; the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point at Wausau; Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service; Marathon County Historical Society; Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art; Center for the Visual Arts; JalapeƱos Mexican Restaurante & Bar; Trails End Lodge; the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets; Janke Book Store; and Wisconsin Public Service.

  • 📅 Fri., 9/27/19, 67pm @ Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art

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We're excited to welcome back to the Wausau area historian and author Charles Hughes to discuss the intersection of pop culture with issues of race! 🖶