Department of English

Paul Ortiz: The Making of an African American and Latinx History of the United States

An African American and Latinx History of the United States is a new interpretation of US history that builds on earlier generations of ethnic studies scholarship. An intersectional history of the shared struggle for human rights from 1776 to present, the book is an accessible narrative history arguing that Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa were integral to the development of democracy in the United States. From this grassroots perspective, ordinary people sought to build bridges of solidarity between the nations—not walls.

An Evening with Claudia Rankine

Rhodes College is thrilled to welcome acclaimed author, Yale
    University professor, and 2016 MacArthur Fellowship recipient
    Claudia Rankine to campus. Rankine’s most recent book, 2014’s
    bestselling Citizen: An American Lyric, won the National Book
    Critics Circle Award for Poetry, the NAACP Image Award, and
    numerous other prizes. This book – which will form the basis of
    her remarks – engages America’s painful and complex history
    of race, citizenship, and policing in ways that invoke the past

Baldwin Now Symposium: Keynote Lecture

This two-day symposium celebrates the life and legacy of James Baldwin. Baldwin’s work has become a touchstone in our present cultural moment. Baldwin is an intellectual forbearer of Ta-Nehisi Coates, Jesmyn Ward, and the #BlackLivesMatter movement, and a key reference for post-civil rights discussions of race in America. As such, Baldwin continues to be a cultural catalyst for American society.

Keynote lecture by Dwight McBride, author of Impossible Witness, Why I Hate Abercrombie and Fitch, and editor of James Baldwin Now.

Jack D. Farris Visiting Writers Series Presents Jess Walter

Jess Walter is the author of eight books. He's been a #1 New York Times bestseller, finalist for the 2006 National Book Award and the PEN/​USA Literary prize in both fiction and nonfiction, and won the 2005 Edgar Allan Poe award. His work has been published in 30 languages and his short fiction has appeared in Best American Short Stories, Harpers, McSweeney's, Esquire and more.

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