Feb. 19, 2015
“Langston Hughes, Personal and in the World: A Reflection on His Life and Works”
The Center for Black Literature, in Partnership with the Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas and in the Caribbean (IRADAC), Presents a Black History Month Program
Thursday, February 19, 2015
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
The Graduate Center – Room C202-203
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016
Moderated by: Robert Reid-Pharr
Participants include: Gordon Thompson, David Mills, and other guests.
RSVP not required but strongly suggested, limited seating:
In February 2015, Alfred A. Knopf, who published Hughes’s first book almost 90 years ago, will release Selected Letters of Langston Hughes and also reissue The Weary Blues. Hughes was a key figure of the Harlem Renaissance and literary hero to many contemporary writers: His style of writing verse and sensibility in capturing the African American experience is treasured.
The program will present an evening of conversation and readings that celebrate the life and voice of Langston Hughes and the impact of his work on contemporary literature and writers. The conversation will be moderated by Robert Reid-Pharr, Distinguished Professor of English and American Studies and director of the Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean (IRADAC) at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Participants include Gordon Thompson, professor of English, American and African American Studies, and director of the Langston Hughes Festival at CCNY; David Mills, Poetry Foundation actor and writer; and other guests.
The Center for Black Literature in partnership with the Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas and in the Caribbean (IRADAC).