Flexner Lecturership

Established in honor of Mary Flexner, a Bryn Mawr graduate of the class of 1895, the Lectureship has brought some of the world’s best-known humanists to campus for a brief residency.

In addition to their public lectures, holders of the Mary Flexner Lectureship often lead seminars or discussions with undergraduate and graduate students. By agreement with Bryn Mawr, the Flexner Lectures are subsequently published by Harvard University Press. A number of special courses were offered in connection with Fred Moten’s Flexner Lectureship.


Fred Moten, a leading scholar in the fields of Black studies and critical theory, with special concern for the entanglement of social movement and aesthetic experiment, held the 2020-2021 Mary Flexner Lectureship at Bryn Mawr College. He was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in October 2020. His latest book, written with Stefano Harney, is All Incomplete (Minor Compositions/Autonomedia, 2020).

While in virtual residence at Bryn Mawr, Moten was scheduled to deliver three public lectures on his new work.

  • Oct. 28: sol aire 
  • Mar. 16: abduction and adduction 
  • Mar. 23: maps, territories

Fred Moten is Professor in the Department of Performance Studies, Tisch School of the Arts. He holds an A.B. from Harvard and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. Moten teaches courses and conducts research in Black studies, performance studies, poetics and critical theory. He is author of In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition (University of Minnesota Press, 2003); Hughson’s Tavern (Leon Works, 2009); B. Jenkins (Duke University Press, 2010); The Feel Trio (Letter Machine Editions, 2014), The Little Edges (Wesleyan University Press, 2015), The Service Porch (Letter Machine Editions, 2016), a three-volume collection of essays whose general title is consent not to be a single being (Duke University Press, 2017, 2018) and All that Beauty (Letter Machine Editions, 2019). Moten is also co-author, with Stefano Harney, of The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study (Minor Compositions/Autonomedia, 2013) and A Poetics of the Undercommons (Sputnik and Fizzle, 2016) and, with Wu Tsang, of Who touched me? (If I Can’t Dance, I Don't Want to be Part of Your Revolution, 2016). Moten has served on the editorial boards of Callaloo, Discourse, American Quarterly and Social Text; as a member of the Critical Theory Institute at the University of California, Irvine; on the board of directors of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies, City University of New York; and on the advisory board of Issues in Critical Investigation, Vanderbilt University.

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The Mary Flexner Lectureship

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