BFSU-KU English Institute, 2016
15 scholars from Beijing Foreign Studies University spent July 14-25th, 2016 at the University of Kansas for their institution's first visit to the U.S. One of their professors and KU alum, Frank Cai, brought the students to his alma mater in order to allow them to experience American society and culture. The scholars, who come from a variety of academic disciplines, from Economics to Arabic Studies, were given the opportunity to learn more about race and ethnic relations in the U.S., politics, education, business, and sports.
Black Poetry after the Black Arts Movement, 2014-2015
Black Poetry after the Black Arts Movement is a fifteen-month program funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities that responds to the resurgence of interest in contemporary poetry, its expanded production and wide circulation. Black Poetry continues the work that was undertaken by Don’t Deny My Voice: Reading and Teaching African American Poetry during 2013-14 by giving more focused attention to a reassessment of African American poetry during the last fifty years, from 1960 to the present. Special attention will be paid to the divergent and yet cross-fertilizing trajectories of black poetry since the 1980s, which has produced both the sharp and vocal critiques of spoken word poetry and the refined academic poetry that garners so much critical attention from the literary establishment.
Don't Deny My Voice, 2013-2014
Don’t Deny My Voice: Reading and Teaching African American Poetry was a three-week summer institute for college and university teachers, as well as graduate students, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities that responded to the resurgence of interest in contemporary poetry, its expanded production and wide circulation. We focused 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.
Making the Wright Connection is a fifteen-month program funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities that explores Richard Wright and his influence on the American idiom. The program includes a two-week summer institute held from July 11-24, 2010 at the University of Kansas, and subsequent virtual seminars that use technology to foster collaboration among participants.
Language Matters is a national educational and service initiative of the Toni Morrison Society. Established in 2001, it is designed to provide opportunities for interactive dialogue among school teachers and between teachers and scholars, and to create appropriate instructional materials for those teaching imaginative literature, especially the novels of Toni Morrison in secondary school classrooms. Language Matters, coordinated by the Project on the History of Black Writing at the University of Kansas, is a three-time NEH grant recipient.