This event is a part of the #LaidlawGlobalTalks Series, in which partner universities invite speakers to consider leadership--in the context of their own professional journeys, or as a topic of investigation in their work--in order to support the development of Laidlaw Scholars as next generation leaders.
Frank A. Guridy is Associate Professor of History and African American & African Diaspora Studies at Columbia University. He is the author of the award-winning, Forging Diaspora: Afro-Cubans and African Americans in a World of Empire and Jim Crow (University of North Carolina Press, 2010). He is also the co-editor of Beyond el Barrio: Everyday Life in Latino/a America (NYU Press, 2010), with Gina Pérez and Adrian Burgos, Jr, and has published in various scholarly and online publications. His current research has shifted to U.S. sport and urban history, focusing on the relationship of sport to urban political economies and recreational life in the United States. He is currently at work on two book projects: Assembly in the Fragmented City: A History of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and The Athletic Revolution in Texas: A History of Sport and Society in the Lone Star State, 1960-1984 (University of Texas Press). During his time at Columbia, he has particularly enjoyed teaching “Sport and Society in the Americas,” a lecture course that encourages students to consider how sport informs understandings of race, gender, nation, and sexuality; and “Columbia 1968,” a course that asks students to re-examine one of the most important historical events to take place in the university’s history, the history of the Black Freedom Struggle, and the anti-War movement of the 1960s.