The ninth annual undergraduate New Critics Literature Conference will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Morris Conference Center on Saturday, April 14. Twenty eight students will present their scholarly work on literature, and the event will culminate in a keynote address by one of the nation’s preeminent scholars of African American literary history, Prof. Lawrence Jackson, Distinguished Professor of English and History at Johns Hopkins University.
Dr. Jackson will speak in Craven Lounge at 4 p.m. Dr. Jackson is the author of “The Indignant Generation: A Narrative History of African American Writers and Critics (2010),” which won the William Sanders Scarborough Prize from the Modern Language Association and the Black Caucus of the American Library Association award for non-fiction; the family memoir, “My Father’s Name, A Black Family after the Civil War (2012);” and two biographies, “Emergence of Genius,” about Ralph Ellison (2002), and his 2017 biography of Chester Himes. The latter has been nominated for the PEN Bogard Weld Prize and the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers Association.
In addition, he has published numerous pieces of criticism and non-fiction in venues such as Harper’s Magazine, The New York Times Review of Books, and New England Quarterly. His fellowships include the Fulbright, National Humanities Center, and the W.E.B Dubois Institute of Harvard.
All conference events are free and open to the public.