You know what a performative utterance is, even if you’ve never heard the term before. “I now pronounce you” at a wedding is one; “I christen this ship” is another. Performative utterance carries a particular power — it’s the thing you want to make true.
And performative utterance is at the heart of Brittney C. Cooper’s Beyond Respectability, which profiles several black feminist intellectuals who not only fought against the idea of “respectability” as a prerequisite for being heard, but against the tendency of white feminists and black men to erase their contributions.
If you’re looking for an adventure, Black Canyon of the Gunnison is the place for you! This Colorado park is home to some of the steepest cliffs, oldest rock and craggiest spires in North America. You can hike along the rim or in the inner canyon, take a scenic drive along winding roads with hairpin turns and cast a line in the Gunnison River for outstanding trout fishing. And for those who aren’t faint of heart (and have extensive experience), you can brave the park’s class V rapids in a kayak or scale its vertical walls. Photo by the National Park Service.