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Dr. Armond R. Towns: Black Escapism On The Underground Railroad

October 20, 2022 Communication | The Harriet Tubman Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies


The Medium is the Message, Revisited: Media and Black Epistemologies

By Emily Bahn, Event + Digital Content Intern, B.A. Communication 2023

On Tuesday, October 18th,  Armond R. Towns, Ph. D. Associate Professor for the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University, presented ideas from his book On Black Media Philosophy.


His presentation focused on Black escapism on the underground railroad. Specifically, he touched upon technologization of language (The Genesis of the Railroad - underground vs Underground, 1930s and the production of benevolence, and paper documentation), the “ungeographic” (evolution, writing, and language), rebels of underground (The North Star- medium marker, and the use of flag poles), and Black media philosophy (media philosophy + Black studies).


Learn more about Dr. Armond R. Towns here!