This year ICA Reads highlights the “raw, beautiful and dangerous” writing of National Book Award–winning author Jesmyn Ward and her moving memoir Men We Reaped. Join one of our art and book discussions to explore issues of race, gender, and history, among other themes, found in the book and in art at the ICA. This program is co-facilitated by Emily Alyssa Owens and ICA educators.  

Emily Alyssa Owens received her PhD from the Department of African and African American Studies at Harvard University and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Later this year, she will begin her post as Assistant Professor of History at Brown University. Owens is currently working on a book on the cultural history of sex and slavery, exploring the affective and economic dimensions of the lives of women of color in the 19th century who sold (or were sold for) sex. 

Meet the author April 10!