Institute Staff

Sarah Arbuthnot Lendt

Sarah Arbuthnot Lendt

Institute Coordinator / arbuthno@ku.edu

Sarah Arbuthnot Lendt earned her M.A. in English from the University of Kansas in 2007. She has worked as program assistant to the University of Denver's Strategic Issues Program, grantwriter for Van Go Mobile Arts in Lawrence, KS and as the curriculum specialist for the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America in Lawrence, KS. Currently she teaches English online for Grantham University. In her years with the Project on the History of Black Writing, she worked as the editorial assistant on the Cambridge Companion to the African American Novel and the Cambridge History of African American Literature and coordinated the NEH-funded program "Language Matters II: Reading and Teaching Toni Morrison." She was grantwriter and program coordinator for "Making the Wright Connection: Reading Native Son, Black Boy and Uncle Tom's Children" and currently serves as institute coordinator for "Don't Deny My Voice: Reading and Teaching African American Poetry," both NEH-funded programs. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys cooking and reading. She and her husband welcomed their first child in November 2012.

Brandon Hill

Brandon Hill

Institute Videographer / brhhill@hotmail.com

Brandon Hill earned his B.G.S. in Film and Media Studies at the University of Kansas in May of 2012. He currently works as a Freelance Video Producer and Videographer in Dallas, TX. In his time spent working with The Project on the History of Black Writing, he has worked alongside the Ermal Garinger Academic Resource Center as the video content editor and media manager for the HBW's "Look Back Series." This summer he will serve as the Videographer for the NEH-funded program, "Don't Deny My Voice: Reading and Teaching African American Poetry." In his spare time, Brandon enjoys photography as a hobby and playing Ultimate Frisbee - he is a recent alumnus of KU's Club Ultimate Frisbee team, the Horrorzontals.

Kristin Joi Lockridge

Kristin Joi Lockridge

Special Projects / k214l645@ku.edu

Kristin is a PhD English-Creative Writing student at the University of Kansas. A graduate of Columbia College Chicago’s Story Workshop Method with a BA in Fiction Writing, as well as an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina Wilmington, Kristin’s fiction and poetry have appeared in the SN Review, You Must Be This Tall to Ride, and Psychic Meatloaf literary journals. Her current work includes themes of miscegenation, displaced identity, otherness, migration and diasporas. She also serves as the Assistant Fiction Editor of Beecher’s Magazine. Kristin will provide support for special projects during the summer Institute.

Kenton Rambsy

Kenton Rambsy

Technology Assistant / krambsy@hotmail.com

Kenton received his Masters in English from the University of Kansas in May 2012. He is a 2010 Magna Cum-Laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Morehouse College. He finished Morehouse as the top ranking scholar in the English department and received the distinction of being named the 2010 William Pickens Scholar. In 2008, he received a UNCF/Mellon-Mays Fellowship, and in 2009, he received Schomburg-Mellon Humanities Fellowship. Currently, he is a PhD student of African American Literature at the University of Kansas. Kenton will serve as technology assistant for the summer Institute.

Lacey McAfee

Lacey McAfee

Office Assistant / l594m740@ku.edu

Lacey is currently a senior at KU majoring in Psychology. She is from Caney, a town south east of Kansas. She is HBW's Communication Specialist and has helped with the Language Matters Initiative and the Toni Morrison Society. Lacey will provide office support for the summer Institute.

Jaime Whitt

Jaime Whitt

Institute Graduate Research Assistant / jaime.whitt@ku.edu

Jaime Whitt currently serves as the Publications Coordinator for HBW, as well as the Graduate Research Assistant for the "Don’t Deny My Voice: Reading and Teaching African American Poetry" grant project. She is currently a graduate student at KU, working toward a JD at the law school and a Masters of Healthservices Administration at KU Med. She completed her BA in English and French at KU. Her honor's thesis on Toni Morrison led to her work with Dr. Maryemma Graham and HBW as an undergrad. She worked for HBW as a Project Assistant—first helping out with the Langston Hughes Symposium, then moving on to help with Language Matters I and II. In 2003, Jaime received the Toni Morrison Society President's "Bench by the Road" award for outstanding service to Toni Morrison Society. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, running, and shopping. Also, Jaime has a much-beloved Bob Marley t-shirt collection, which she is always looking to grow!

Goyland Williams

Goyland Williams

Institute Staff / g349w342@ku.edu

Goyland serves as a contributor on the HBW Blog. He is a 2009 cum-laude graduate of Texas State University in both Philosophy and Political Science. Currently, he is working on his M.A in African American Studies. His research interests include: black liberation theology, hip hop and performance, and critical theory. Goyland will serve as video assistant for the summer Institute.