Forrest Stuart and Cathy Cohen: Black Youth and Political Agency in the 21st Century

Chicago Humanities Festival

Media representations of Black urban youth often paint a simplistic and negative picture of their realities and aspirations. Join sociologist and recent MacArthur Fellow Forrest Stuart and political scientist Cathy Cohen for a conversation that provides a more nuanced portrait of the lives of Black youth. Stuart’s Ballad of the Bullet explores the creative and economic strategies young musicians on Chicago’s South Side employ to lift themselves out of poverty, often at their own peril. Cohen’s Democracy Remixed, based on the findings of The Black Youth Project, examines the lived experience of navigating opportunity and discrimination.

This program is presented in partnership with the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture at the University of Chicago and Bank of America. It was recorded in November 2020 as part of CHF's virtual Fall Festival.