Cord Whitaker, Friends of
the Institute for Advanced Study Member in the School of Historical
Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study, is researching
nineteenth- and twentieth-century African American medievalism as
On November 1, 2019, Cord
Whitaker, Friends of the Institute for Advanced Study Member in
the School of Historical Studies, gave the talk "Black Metaphors:
How Modern Racism Emerged from Medieval Race-Thinking—and Why It
In the late Middle Ages, Christian conversion could wash a black
person’s skin white—or at least that is what happens when a black
sultan converts to Christianity in the late thirteenth- or early
fourteenth-century English romance the King of Tars...
In 2019–20, Cord J.
Whitaker, Member in the School of Historical Studies
and Associate Professor at Wellesley College, is interested in the
history and development of race and racism in medieval English