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African American Impact on Classic American Literature

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 13:47
[By: Jerry W. Ward]   Over the next five weeks, we shall have video lectures by Arnold Weinstein on works by Herman Melville, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Mark Twain, Ralph Ellison, and Toni Morrison and my comments on the authors, which may differ in some degree those Weinstein has chosen to make.  Each of the works has to be thought of with reference to the institution […]

Implacable Violence, Part One

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 07:25
[By: Jerry W. Ward, Jr.] The death of Senator John McCain quickens our  interest in how to deal with contemporary  narratives of life history.  McCain’s touchstone story pertains to American conservative values, the consequences of trauma,  military and public service, violence, and  a sense of honor.  Barack Obama’s differently remarkable narratives direct attention to the absence of military service, class and caste violence, the audacity […]

Keeping the Faith: A Tribute Reginald Martin

Mon, 08/20/2018 - 08:15
[By: Dr. Maryemma Graham] Reginald Martin 1956-2018 Poet, novelist, professor, scholar, editor, mentor, musician, and boxing enthusiast, Reginald Martin became a household name early in his career, not because he played by the rules, but because he did not. Awarded tenure at 35, the youngest for anyone at the University of Memphis, Martin was among those younger scholars who elected to remain in his native South, […]

An Open Letter to Chancellor Girod

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 11:58
[By: Alysha Griffin] Dear Chancellor Girod, I write to expose a glaring contradiction with the agreement to remove Josephine Meckseper’s “Untitled (Flag 2)”—what Gov. Jeff Colyer calls a “desecrated American flag”– from the grounds of Spooner Hall. To be clear, I have no investment in the display of this particular piece. Also, I firmly believe that the American people gain nothing by conflating the sacrifices […]

On the Relativity of Freedom in the Free State

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 07:58
[By: Dr. Maryemma Graham] Toni Morrison is the greatest novelist of our times, but more and more, I find myself drawn to the wisdom in her essays, like those in Playing in the Dark or earlier works like The Site of Memory and the brutal honesty revealed in “Unspeakable Things Unspoken.” The Origin of Others is her latest testament to the truth of our time, reaffirming her […]
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