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Catastrophic Diplomacy: US Foreign Disaster Assistance in the American Century by Julia F. Irwin

“A cautionary tale of constant pitfalls in provisioning aid, as well as humble suggestions for a better path through the calamities of the future—especially as once-a-century disasters become ever more frequent in our climate crisis.”—Megan Black, author of The Global Interior: Mineral Frontiers and American Power

“Far beyond its explicit arguments about disaster aid, this book stands as a model of how to think and write about contingency in history.”—Jacob Remes, author of Disaster Citizenship: Survivors, Solidarity, and Power in the Progressive Era

Black Time and the Aesthetic Possibility of Objects by Daphne Lamothe

“In this stunning book, Daphne Lamothe goes against a dominant grain in contemporary Black critical studies by advancing a case for aesthetic encounter as a way to engage a temporality of Blackness in the present. Smart and full of intellectual risk, and all the more substantial, elegant, and considered because of it.”—Kevin Quashie, Brown University

“This book offers a timely expansion on the scope of post-soul Black cultural production, extending scholarly attention to text, music video, and visual art from diverse Black sites…. This is a book with a capacious theoretical bibliography and exemplary close readings. Lamothe’s readings of artistic works are a master class in why the humanities matter. They are truly a joy to read.”—Tsitsi Jaji, Duke University