Arnold Rampersad to Present Harry C. Howard Jr. Lecture
This year's Harry C. Howard Jr. Lecture will be delivered by Arnold Rampersad, Sara Hart Kimball Professor in the Humanities at Stanford University and a renowned critic and biographer. His lecture, "Biography and African-American Lives," will take place Thursday, October 19 at 4:10 p.m. in 103 Wilson Hall.
Rampersad is best known for his work in African-American literature and biography. His magisterial The Art and Imagination of W.E.B. DuBois, published in 1976, remains a standard text; his subsequent biographies of Langston Hughes and Jackie Robinson have also received critical acclaim. In 1993 he co-wrote Days of Grace, a memoir, with Arthur Ashe. He has edited the Library of America's two-volume edition of the works of Richard Wright, including revised individual editions of Native Son and Black Boy, and currently serves as co-editor of the Race and American Culture book series published by Oxford University Press. From 1991 to 1996 he held a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship.
The Harry C. Howard Jr. Lecture series was established in 1994 through the endowment of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Nash, Jr., and Mr. and Mrs. George D. Renfro, all of Asheville, North Carolina. The lectureship honors Harry C. Howard, Jr. (B.A., 1951) of Atlanta and allows the Robert Penn Warren Center to being an outstanding scholar to Vanderbilt annually to deliver a lecture on a significant topic in the humanities.
For more information, contact the Center's executive director, Mona C. Frederick.
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