Black Poetry After the Black Arts Movement – An NEH Summer Institute

Institute Faculty & Speakers

Institute Faculty & Speakers

Greetings!  I’m spreading the word about an upcoming NEH Summer Institute, “Black Poetry after the Black Arts Movement,” to be held July 18-August 1, 2015 at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS.  The Institute is headed up by Dr. Maryemma Graham (University Distinguished Professor, University of Kansas), with Howard Rambsy (Associate Professor of English Language and Literature, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville) and myself serving as lead faculty for a week apiece.  I’m sure that some of you will be — or will know — someone for whom this might be a terrific opportunity.  Please see the message below and the embedded links for more details about eligibility and support for the program — and pass the info on!  Thanks!


The Project on the History of Black Writing Announces:

We invite you to learn more about an exciting two-week NEH summer Institute for twenty-five college and university teachers (including at least three advanced graduate students), filled with innovative scholarship, rich dialog, and fertile opportunities for advancing research.
  • When: July 18 – August 1, 2015
  • Where: University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
  • What: An NEH Summer Institute
  • Application deadline: March 2, 2015

What is poetry today? What has changed? How do we teach poetry and transform students’ passion for performance into meaningful analysis? This Institute seeks to strengthen the connections between foundational and contemporary forms of poetry, between the practice of poetry and today’s global society, and between the words and sounds and the spirit of black poetry that refuses to be denied.

If you are a current college or university teacher of American literature or near the end of your graduate studies in this field, please visit our website for more details about this exciting project, including further application instructions.  Adjunct and part-time lecturers are eligible to apply.  The stipend for this two-week Institute will be $2,100 for each NEH Summer Scholar, to help cover travel, housing and food.

Or, if you know of a college teacher who might be interested in applying to this Institute, please share this invitation with them!

When: July 18 – August 1, 2015Where: University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

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