Schedule

The structure of the Institute reflects our extensive experience with creating programs through which teachers can experience renewed professional commitment.  We have purposefully filled our schedule with a wealth of scholar-led seminars, informal discussions, films, tours, workshops, collaborative activities and structured reading, writing and research time in order to make your time with us as rich and varied as possible.  Because of this, we ask that NEH Summer Scholars complete the core reading prior to arriving in Kansas.  NEH Summer Scholars will be encouraged to reread and revisit the texts as time allows and also to incorporate supplemental readings as appropriate.

Daily seminar sessions, by the four resident scholars and eleven visiting scholars, along with participant-led presentations will take place over the three-week period.  The seminars will encourage close reading and will be organized around a key theme or approach to reading and/or teaching African American poetry.  Each seminar will begin with a formal presentation by the scholar and will invite questions and explorations, practical and academic, and offer research and writing possibilities.

Week I

Traditions of Black Poetry in America, 1900-1960

Resident Faculty: Jerry W. Ward, Jr. (Professor of English and African World Studies at Dillard University) and Joanne V. Gabbin (Professor of English and Director of the Furious Flower Poetry Center at James Madison University)

Visiting Faculty: Aldon Nielsen (Kelley Professor of American Literature at Pennsylvania State University), Trudier Harris (Professor of English at the University of Alabama and J. Carlyle Sitterson Professor of English Emerita, UNC Chapel Hill) R. Baxter Miller (Professor of English and African American Studies at the University of Georgia) and John Edgar Tidwell (Professor of English at the University of Kansas)

Sunday, July 14 – Welcome

Sun

July 14

Check-In

12:00-4:00

Place: TBD

Sun

July 14

Welcome and Orientation

4:30-6:00

Place: TBD

Maryemma Graham

Sun

July 14

Opening dinner hosted by KU

6:00-7:00

Place: TBD

Monday, July 15 – Overview and Critical Background

Mon

July 15

Lecture: “On the Study of African American Poetry I (1900-1930)”

9:00-10:15

Place: TBD

Jerry W. Ward, Jr.

Mon

July 15

Lecture: “On the Study of African American Poetry II (1930-1960)”

10:15-11:30

Place: TBD

Joanne V. Gabbin

Mon

July 15

TBD

1:00-3:00

Place: TBD

TBD

Mon

July 15

Technology Workshop: “The Virtual Reading Room and More”

3:30-5:00

4074 Wescoe Hall

Ermal Garinger Academic Resource Center

Mon

July 15

Public Panel and Reception:  “Poetry Collections/Archives and the Role of the Community, Educators, Research and Recovery Efforts”

7:00-9:00

Place: TBD

Kathleen Bethel (Northwestern University Library), Melissa Watterworth Batt (University of Connecticut Library), Doretha Williams (Mid America Black Archives), Beth Whittaker (KU Spencer Research Library) and Joanne Gabbin (Furious Flower Poetry Center, James Madison University)

Tuesday, July 16 - History I

Tues

July 16

Discussion of Drumvoices

9:00-9:30

Place: TBD

Jerry W. Ward, Jr. and Joanne Gabbin

Tues

July 16

Visiting Faculty Lecture: "Innovation and Racial Discourse”

9:30-11:30

Place: TBD

Aldon Nielsen

Tues

July 16

Discussion of the day’s readings

1:00-3:30

Place: TBD

Jerry W. Ward, Jr. and Joanne Gabbin

Tues

July 16

Virtual Reading Room, research, individual meetings with faculty, or reading

3:30-5:00

Place: TBD

Wednesday, July 17 - History II

Wed

July 17

Lecture: “Sterling Brown and Aesthetic Traditions"

9:00-10:30

Place: TBD

Joanne Gabbin

Wed

July 17

Discussion

10:30-11:30

Place: TBD

Jerry W. Ward, Jr. and Joanne Gabbin

Wed

July 17

Visiting Faculty Lecture: "Fragments of a Dream: Biography, Poetry, and the Recovery of Frank Marshall Davis"

1:00-2:30

Place: TBD

Edgar Tidwell

Wed

July 17

Discussion of day’s required readings

2:30-3:30

Place: TBD

Jerry W. Ward, Jr. and Joanne Gabbin

Wed

July 17

Collaborative activities

3:30-5:00

Place: TBD

Thursday, July 18 – Cultural Change/Historical Recovery in African American Poetry

Thur

July 18

Visiting Faculty Lecture: “African American Poetry after World War II”

9:00-10:30

Place: TBD

R. Baxter Miller

Thur

July 18

Discussion of morning’s lecture

10:30-11:30

Place: TBD

Thur

July 18

Workshop on use of digital humanities to contextualize the nature of change in poetry

1:00-4:00

Place: TBD

Thur

July 18

Virtual Reading Room, research, individual meetings with faculty, or reading

4:00-5:00

Place: TBD

Thur

July 18

Furious Flower Video Volume I: Elders (114 minutes) and Discussion

7:00-9:00

Place: TBD

Featuring Samuel W. Allen, Mari Evans, Naomi Long Madgett, Alvin Aubert and Pinkie Gordon Lane

Friday, July 19

Fri

July 19

Lecture: “History as Process of Legacy and Tradition”

9:00-10:30

Place: TBD

Joanne Gabbin

Fri

July 19

Discussion of lecture and required readings from works by Sherley Anne Williams,Houston A. Baker, Jr., and George Kent.

10:30-11:00

Place: TBD

Fri

July 19

Lecture: “Culture, Contact/combat Zones of Poetry, and Acknowledgement”

1:00-2:00

Place: TBD

Jerry W. Ward, Jr.

Fri

July 19

Discussion of lecture and required readings from works by Mary Louise Pratt, Nathaniel Mackey and Lorenzo Thomas, and from Opal J. Moore’s chapter in The Cambridge History of African American Literature.

2:00-3:00

Place: TBD

Fri

July 19

NEH Summer Scholar Presentations

3:00-5:00

Place: TBD

Week II

The Aesthetics and Production of Black Poetry, 1960-1980

Resident Faculty: Howard Rambsy (Associate Professor of English and Director of the Black Studies program at Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville)

Visiting Faculty: William Joe Harris (professor American Literature and Director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Kansas), Opal Moore (Professor of English and Creative Writing at Spelman College) and Anthony Grooms (Professor of Creative Writing and Interdisciplinary Studies at Kennesaw State University)

Monday, July 22 - Literary Production

Mon

July 22

Lecture: “African American Poetry 1960s/70s”

9:00-10:30

Place: TBD

Howard Rambsy

Mon

July 22

Collaborative Activities

10:30-11:30

Place: TBD

Mon

July 22

Lecture: “Production Matters and Anthologies”

1:00-2:30

Place: TBD

Howard Rambsy

Mon

July 22

Discussion of assigned readings

2:30-4:00

Place: TBD

Mon

July 22

Virtual Reading Room, research, individual meetings with faculty, or reading

4:00-5:00

Place: TBD

Tuesday, July 23- Jazz Poetry and Collected Works

Tues

July 23

Visiting Faculty Lecture: “Jazz Poetry”

9:00-10:30

Place: TBD

William J. Harris

Tues

July 23

Discussion of day’s assigned readings

10:30-11:30

Place: TBD

Tues

July 23

Discussion of “Black Poets and Their Collected Works”

1:00-3:30

Place: TBD

William J. Harris

Tues

July 23

Collaborative activities

3:30-5:00

Place: TBD

Tues

July 23

Furious Flower Video Volume II: Warriors (114 minutes) and Discussion

7:30-9:00

Place: TBD

Featuring Amiri Baraka, Haki R. Madhubuti, Kalamu ya Salaam, Sonia Sanchez, Eugene Redmond, Nikki Giovanni

Wednesday, July 24 - Recovery Work and Audio Recordings

Wed

July 24

Visiting Faculty Lecture: "Black Expatriate Poets: Allen Polite and Black Arts in Sweden"

9:00-11:30

Place: TBD

Anthony Grooms, Maryemma Graham and a Skype conversation with Helene Polite, widow of Allen Polite

Wed

July 24

Workshop: Listening Session

1:00-2:30

Place: TBD

Howard Rambsy

Wed

July 24

Lecture: Literary Foremothers

2:30-4:00

Place: TBD

Maryemma Graham

Wed

July 24

Discussion

4:00-5:00

Place: TBD

Thursday, July 25 - Digital Humanities and Poetry

Thur

July 25

Lecture: “Studying African American Poetry Online”

9:00-10:30

Place: TBD

Howard Rambsy

Thur

July 25

Discussion of day’s assigned readings

10:30-11:30

Place: TBD

Thur

July 25

Special Interview with poet Eugene Redmond

1:00-2:30

Place: TBD

Thur

July 25

Research, individual meetings with faculty, or reading

2:30-5:00

Place: TBD

Thur

July 25

Furious Flower Video Volume III: Seers (114 minutes) and Discussion

7:30-9:00

Place: TBD

Featuring Rita Dove, Toi Derricotte, Dolores Kendrick, Sherley Anne Williams, Gerald Barrax, E. Ethelbert Miller, Michael S. Harper

Friday, July 26 - Emergent Poetic Voices

Fri

July 26

Rap Genius Workshop

9:00-10:30

Place: TBD

Jeremy Dean, Rap Genius , Chief of Education

Fri

July 26

Collaborative Activities

10:30-11:30

Place: TBD

Fri

July 26

Collaborative Activities

1:00-5:00

Place: TBD

Saturday, July 27 - Fieldtrip to Kansas City

Sat

July 27

Bus Leaves from Lawrence

9:00-5:00

Place: TBD

Visit American Jazz Museum, Midwest Black Archives and public poetry slam event featuring Tracie Morris, institute faculty and local Kansas City and other poets.

Week III

Contemporary Black Poetics, 1980-present

Resident Faculty: Tony Bolden (Associate Professor of African/African American Studies at the University of Kansas)

Visiting Faculty: Adam Bradley (Associate Professor of English at the University of Colorado – Boulder), Meta DuEwa Jones (Associate Professor of English at the University of Texas – Austin and Co-Director for the Texas Institute for Literary and Textual Studies), Tracie Morris (Professor of Humanities & Media Studies and Coordinator of Performance & Performance Studies at Pratt Institute) and Evie Shockley (Associate Professor of English at Rutgers University-New Brunswick)

Monday, July 29 - Critical Overview and Introduction to Contemporary Black Poetry

Mon

July 29

Welcome to Week Three: An Introduction with Tony Bolden

9:00-9:30

Place: TBD

Tony Bolden

Mon

July 29

Visiting Faculty Lecture: “Emergent Poetic Voices: Rita Dove, Yusef Komunyakaa, and Lucille Clifton”

9:30-10:30

Place: TBD

Opal Moore

Mon

July 29

Visiting Faculty Lecture: “The Performance of Contemporary Black Poetry”

1:00-2:30

Place: TBD

Tracie Morris

Mon

July 29

Workshop and Discussion

2:30-3:30

Place: TBD

Tracie Morris

Mon

July 29

Virtual Reading Room, research, individual meetings with faculty, or reading

3:30-5:00

Place: TBD

Tuesday, July 30 - The Calligraphy of Black Chant

Tues

July 30

Lecture: “The Blues Aesthetic in Contemporary Black Poetry”

9:00-10:30

Place: TBD

Tony Bolden

Tues

July 30

Discussion

11:30-1:00

Place: TBD

Note: We will break for a late lunch at 1pm and reconvene at 2:30pm at the Hall Center for the Humanities for the afternoon’s public panel.

Tues

July 30

Public Panel: “Poetry and Its Publics”

2:30-5:00

Place: Hall Center for the Humanities

Joseph Harrington (University of Kansas), Jill Kuhnheim (University of Kansas), Tony Bolden (University of Kansas) and Nicole Hodges Persley (University of Kansas)

Tues

July 30

Furious Flower Video Volume IV: Initiates (27 minutes) and Discussion

7:30-9:00

Place: TBD

Featuring Elizabeth Alexander, The Dark Room Collective, Thomas Sayers Ellis, Kevin Young, Sharan Strange, Major Jackson, Vera Beatty, John Keene

Wednesday, July 31 - Black Avant-garde Poetics in Sound and Visual Script

Wed

July 31

Visiting Faculty Lecture: “Poetry, Painting and Herstory:  Natasha Trethewey’s Thrall and Bellocq’s Ophelia

9:00-10:30

Place: TBD

Meta DuEwa Jones

Wed

July 31

Discussion

10:30-11:30

Place: TBD

Wed

July 31

Lecture: “Black Aesthetics and the Very Contemporary”

1:00-2:30

Place: TBD

Evie Shockley

Wed

July 31

Discussion

2:30-3:30

Place: TBD

Wed

July 31

Lecture:  “An Introduction to Contemporary Criticism in Black Poetry”

3:30-5:00

Place: TBD

Tony Bolden

Thursday, August 1 - Where Do We Go From Here?: The Last Stanza

Thur

Aug 1

Visiting Faculty Lecture: “The Poetics of Contemporary Black Poetry”

9:00-10:30

Place: 1007 Wescoe Hall

Adam Bradley (virtual)

Thur

Aug 1

Discussion

10:30-11:30

Place: 1007 Wescoe Hall

Tony Bolden

Thur

Aug 1

Workshop

11:30-1:00

Place: 1007 Wescoe Hall

Adam Bradley (virtual)

Thur

Aug 1

Lecture: “Close Listening as Critical Praxis: The Resonance of Spoken Word and Other Popular Poetics”

2:30-4:00

Place: TBD

Tony Bolden

Thur

Aug 1

Collaborative Activities

4:00-5:00

Place: TBD

Friday, August 2 - Group Presentations and Closing

Fri

Aug 2

NEH Summer Scholars Presentations

9:00-11:30

Place: TBD

Fri

Aug 2

NEH Summer Scholars Presentations

1:00-4:00

Place: TBD

Fri

Aug 2

Closing dinner

6:00-8:30

Place: TBD

Saturday, August 3 - Departure

Sat

Aug 3

Departure

TIME

Place: TBD