Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas


  • Poetry Collections / Archives and the Role of the Community, Educators, Research and Recovery Efforts
  • Discussion
  • 7/16/2013
  • 15:30-18:00
  • Spencer Museum of Art
  • Host: National Endowment for the Humanities, Project on The History of Black Writing, Ermal Garinger Academic Resource Center, Department of English,
Event Description
This panel discussion and reception opens the three-week summer institute "Don’t Deny My Voice: Reading and Teaching African American Poetry". Designed for college and university teachers, as well as graduate students, the Institute responds to the resurgence of interest in contemporary poetry, its expanded production and wide circulation. It will focus on the history, changes and modal transformations of African American poetry in our cultural and social landscape and consider three critical periods: 1900-1960, 1960-80 and 1980-present. The panel addresses the challenges of poetry collections and archives and the role of the community, educators and researchers in recovery efforts. Participants include Kathleen Bethel (Northwestern University), Melissa Watterworth Batt (University of Connecticut), Clarence Hunter (Tougaloo College Civil Rights Collection), Beth Whittaker (KU Spencer Research Library) and resident faculty Joanne Gabbin (James Madison University). A reception follows the program and the galleries will be open to attendees. The exhibition on view in the Museum's Teaching Gallery, "Voicing America" is organized to complement the Institute. For complete details visit: http://www.dontdeny.dept.ku.edu/index.shtml