Joanne Dempsey Memorial Lecture

Joanne Dempsey Memorial Lecture

Joanne Dempsey Memorial Lecture

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  • Tuesday, February 19, 2008 at 5:00 p.m.


Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice Theatre

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




"Ralph Ellison and Langston Hughes: The Challenge of Race and Art in America" by Arnold Rampersad, Ph.D., Stanford University.

Rampersad, acclaimed biographer and literary critic, speaks on two key African-American literary figures of the twentieth century.

Arnold Rampersad is currently professor of English and the Sara Hart Kimball Professor in the Humanities at Stanford University.The first volume of his Life of Langston Hughes was a Pulitzer Prize finalist.

Rampersad was a member of the Stanford English Department from 1974 to 1983, before accepting a position at Rutgers University. He has since taught at Columbia University and Princeton University before returning to Stanford in 1998.

His teaching covers such areas as nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature; the literature of the American South, American and African-American autobiography; race and American literature; and the Harlem Renaissance

From 1991 to 1996, Rampersad held a MacArthur Genius Grant fellowship. In 2007, he published Ralph Ellison, a biography of the novelist (1914 - 1994). His other books include The Art and Imagination of W.E.B. DuBois (1976); The Life of Langston Hughes (2 vols., 1986, 1988); Days of Grace: A Memoir (1993), co-authored with Arthur Ashe; and Jackie Robinson: A Biography (1997). In addition, he has edited several volumes including Collected Poems of Langston Hughes; the Library of America edition (2 vols.) of works by Richard Wright, with revised individual editions of Native Son and Black Boy; and (as co-editor with Deborah McDowell) Slavery and the Literary Imagination. He was also co-editor, with Shelley Fisher Fishkin, of the Race and American Culture book series published by Oxford University Press.  He is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society.

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