Recording of "Heritability and the Ancestral Present: Still & Moving Images" & Film Link for "The Inheritance"

Columbia ISSG
January 26, 2022

On Wednesday, January 19, 2022 ISSG hosted a lecture featuring Hillary Chute (Northeastern) and Elizabeth A. Povinelli (Columbia) discussing Povinelli's new graphic memoir, The Inheritance.

The Inheritance explores the events, traumas, and powers that divide and define our individual and collective pasts and futures. Weaving together stories of Povinelli's grandparents' flight from their village in the early twentieth century to the fortunes of their knife-grinding business in Buffalo, New York, and her own Catholic childhood in a shrinking Louisiana woodlands of the 1960s and 1970s, she describes the serial patterns of violence, dislocation, racism and structural inequality that have shaped not only her life but the American story.

To watch the event recording, please visit the following link:

To view the film version created in association with the publication of The Inheritance, please visit the following link:

This event was co-presented with Columbia University's Department of Anthropology & The Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities