Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas


A Hurricane Called Bigger by Julia Wright
  • A Hurricane Called Bigger by Julia Wright
  • Lecture
  • 7/18/2010
  • 15:00-16:30
  • Spencer Museum of Art
  • Host: Department of English
Event Description
As part of the "Making the Wright Connection: Reading ‘Native Son,' ‘Black Boy' and ‘Uncle Tom's Children,'" , a national institute for secondary school teachers and graduate students, the Spencer and the KU Department of English are pleased to present Julia Wright-the celebrated writer's daughter-for a talk entitled "A Hurricane Called Bigger." The national institute, hosted by KU, is funded by a National Endowment for the Humanities grant. Maryemma Graham, KU professor of English, directs the program, which is sponsored by KU's Project on the History of Black Writing with support from the Department of English, the Office of the Provost, KU Libraries, and HarperCollins Publishers.

Attendees can take in a special exhibition in the Lobby Gallery that features quilts produced by Central Junior High School students to honor Richard Wright (September 4, 1908-November 28, 1960).  The artists/students of Michel Loomis's ninth-grade English class worked with local artist Marla Jackson and drew their inspiration from reading the haiku poems that he wrote late in life.
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., in Lawrence sponsored the quilt-making project.