Jeff Chang is Executive Director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University. His first book, Can’t Stop Won’t Stop, garnered many honors, including the American Book Award and the Asian American Literary Award. He edited the book, Total Chaos: The Art and Aesthetics of Hip-Hop. Who We Be: The Colorization of America was published in October 2014 to critical acclaim. (It was published in paperback in January 2016 under the title, Who We Be: A Cultural History of Race in Post Civil Rights America.) In September 2016, he published his fourth book, a set of essays entitled We Gon’ Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation. He is currently at work on a biography of Bruce Lee (Little, Brown).
“Black Sound and the Archive,” led by Yale Professors Daphne Brooks and Brian Kane, explores the untapped variety of black sound archives — moving beyond the records, musical recordings, and oral histories traditionally showcased. The monthly collaborative workshop will bring out for collective study neglected items held by Yale’s preeminent black-culture collections and develop new ways of listening to the archive of black sound. “Black Sound and the Archive” has been made possible through a 320 York Humanities Programming Endowment grant.