Toward A Different Kind of Winning: Nurturing Black Creativity and Masculinity

This event last occurred Jan. 20, 2022

Center for Imagination in the Borderlands, Global Sport Institute, and ASU Art Museum invite you to join us for a conversation with Freedom Reads Founder and Director Reginald Dwayne Betts and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Mitchell Jackson, moderated by Global Sport Institute CEO Kenneth Shropshire.

Toward A Different Kind of Winning: Nurturing Black Creativity and Masculinity will engage the importance of articulating and making legible the many languages and stories that carry us through our most painful and joyful moments, our defeats and victories. It will be our luck to experience one of the many fields of strength and care that emerge when Black creativity and masculinity are nurtured together, in story and language, in friendship and in being alongside, through the thick and the thin, toward something that outlasts winning. This conversation is in collaboration with the Undoing Time: Art and Histories of Incarceration exhibit (now until Feb. 12) currently on display at the ASU Art Museum.

The event will also include an excerpted performance from Betts’ solo show, Felon: An American Washi Tale, which weaves traditional theater, poetry, fine art and Japanese papermaking aesthetic principles into a meditation on Betts’ experiences of incarceration and his legal work to free friends that are still in prison.

We are honored to have the opportunity to hear from Betts, Jackson and Shropshire. We encourage you to attend the virtual conversation on January 20th. We will have closed captioning and ASL interpretive services. If you have any questions, please contact us at 

For more information contact:

Kareli Lizarraga
Department of English/ Center for Imagination in the Borderlands