Thursday, September 28th
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Minor 125, reception to follow
V: Illicit: “A mixtap/e/ssay about what it means to be dope. Dope is not only a measure of quality or coolness, it is rooted in the experiences of Black people in the U.S. since its beginnings.”
Dopeness predates this focus on drugs and the people projected as their primary sellers, users, and abusers. It is also about permission and sanctioning.
Dope is distinct from drugs like illegal is distinct from legal and illicit is distinct from licit. Dopeness relates to the histories of people treated as property, chattel, technology—labeled legal or illegal, human or something other than.
The listening party and panel discussion will be held from 5:00 - 6:30 PM in Minor Hall 125, followed by a reception in the Minor Hall Foyer from 6:30 - 8:00 PM.