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Inaugural Lecture by Gerald Early

September 24, 2015
05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Hawkins-Carlson Room, Rush Rhees Library

"Noon in the City: Race, Neighborhood, and an African American Festival in Philadelphia."

The Humanities Center welcomes Professor Gerald Early, the Merle Kling Professor of Modern Letters, Professor of English and of African and Afro-American Studies at Washington University in St. Louis, as our Inaugural Lecturer. He will discuss his research on the African-American community in Philadelphia.

Professor Early is the Founding Director (2003-2013) of the Washington University Center for the Humanities. A Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he is the editor of several volumes, including This is Where I Came In: Black America in the 1960s (2003); The Sammy Davis, Jr., Reader (2001); The Muhammad Ali Reader(1998); Body Language: Writers on Sport (1998); Speech and Power (1993); Lure and Loathing: Essays on Race, Identity, and the Ambivalence of Assimilation (1993); and My Soul's High Song: The Collected Works of Countee Cullen (1991). Professor Early is the author of The Culture of Bruising: Essays on Prizefighting, Literature, and Modern American Culture, which won the 1994 National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism. Other works areOne Nation Under a Groove: Motown and American Culture (1994); Daughters: On Family and Fatherhood(1994); and Tuxedo Junction (1989). The recipient of a Whiting Writer's Award and a General Electric Foundation Award, Early is currently finishing a book about Fisk University.

Professor Early’s lecture is at 5:00 p.m. in the Hawkins-Carlson Room, Rush Rhees Library. A reception in the Welles-Brown Room, Rush Rhees Library, will follow the lecture.

Category: Lectures and Seminars