Neal Lester – Short-Term Visiting Fellowship

North Georgia’s own Neal Lester is the Founding Director of Arizona State University’s award-winning initiative Project Humanities, as well as holding the titles of Foundation Professor of English, Dean’s Distinguished Professor of English, Parents Association Professor of the Year, and Arizona Humanities Council Distinguished Public Scholar. His research interests include African American literature and culture: children’s literature, folklore and popular culture, black/white interracial intimacies in American culture, African American women writers, black masculinities, the N-word, and the gender and race politics of hair.Lester has published on such subjects as Disney representations of female characters, black masculinities, and authors such as Zora Neale Hurston, Alice Walker, Toni Morrison, Sapphire, and Ntozake Shange. Lester is the first African American to earn a PhD in English from Vanderbilt University.His visit to UGA is sponsored by the Willson Center, DIG Fellowship, the department of English, the Linguistics Society at UGA, the Graduate School, the Linguistics Program, the Creative Writing Program, the Georgia Chapter of the NAACP, the Special Collections Libraries, the Grady College of Journalism, the Panhellenic Council, and the Economic Justice Coalition of Athens, with special thanks to Drs. Barbara McCaskill and John Lowe, department of English, and Dr. Francys Johnson, State President, Georgia NAACP.Events during Lester’s fellowship include:Tuesday, Sept. 13, 6-8 p.m. – Hip Hop & Scholarship – Playing Black for Laughs: Cultural Appropriation in Hip Hop (public event) – Athens-Clarke County Library, 2025 Baxter St., Appleton AuditoriumWednesday, Sept. 14, 1:15-4:30 p.m. – Children’s Lit Workshop – Once upon a Time in a Different World: Representation, Controversy and Celebration in African American Children’s Lit(event for graduate students & faculty) – Miller Learning Center, Room 214Thursday, Sept. 15, 2-4 p.m. – Faculty Forum / Roundtable Discussion – Including Inclusion: Bringing Diversity & Inclusion Perspectives to Diverse Curricula (event for UGA faculty) -Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries, Room 277Friday, Sept. 16, 4-6 p.m. – Young Black Men’s Forum – Fear of a Black Planet: Representations of Black Males, Past and Present (public event) – Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries, Room 277Saturday, Sept. 17, 4-6p.m. – Keynote talk – Straight Talk About the N-Word with live hip-hop performance 2-4 p.m. (public event) – UGA ChapelLive hip hop performances Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday in Tate Plaza

Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 7:00am to 12:00am

Multiple venues

Office of Research, Willson Center for Humanities and Arts
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