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Spring 2002, Vol. 10, No. 2 (requires Adobe Acrobat)
  • Reflections on Memory, Identity, and Political Action
  • Creamed and Molded
  • Nancy A. Walker Lecture and Humor Symposium
  • Race and Wealth Disparity in 21st Century America
  • Robert Penn Warren Lecture on Southern Letters: David Levering Lewis
  • Gender and Sexuality Lecture Series
  • Rethinking the Americas: Crossing Borders and Disciplines
  • Schedule of Events
  • Limits of the Past, an Interdisciplinary Graduate Colloquium

  • Robert Penn Warren Lecture on Southern Letters: David Levering Lewis

    Two-time Pulitzer Prize winning historian David Levering Lewis will present the fourth annual Robert Penn Warren Lecture on Southern Letters on Saturday, April 27th following a dinner. (The time and location are soon to be announced.) Tickets for the event are $50.00 and will go on sale February 1, 2002.

    David Levering Lewis, Martin Luther King, Jr. University Professor at Rutgers University, won the Pulitzer Prize in Biography in 1994 for the first volume of his two part biography, W E. B. Du Bois: Biography of a Race, 1868–1919. The second volume, W.E.B. Du Bois: The Fight for Equality and the American Century, 1919–1963, was awarded the 2001 Pulitzer Prize, making Lewis the first biographer in Pulitzer history to win for back-to-back volumes. In addition to the Pulitzers, Professor Lewis’s work has won many other awards, including the J. E. K. Agreey Medal of the Phelps Stokes Fund, Phi Beta Kappa Ralph Waldo Emerson Award, Frances Parkman Prize in History, and the Bancroft Prize in American History and Diplomacy. Lewis has also received many fellowships, including a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in 1999 as well as fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the National Humanities Center, and the Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences.
    Lewis graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Fisk University and received his M.A. in U.S. History from Columbia University. He earned his doctorate from the London School of Economics and Political Science. In addition to the two-volume biography of Du Bois, he is the author of numerous books and articles, including most recently W.E.B. Du Bois: A Reader (Henry Holt & Co., 1995), The Portable Harlem Renaissance Reader (Viking, 1994), and The Race to Fashoda: European Colonialism and African Resistance in the Scramble for Africa (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1988; reissued by Henry Holt &Co., 1994). Lewis has been teaching at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey since 1985.

    The Robert Penn Warren Lecture on Southern Letters was founded in 1998 as a collaborative project between the Warren Center and Humanities Tennessee. It is intended to provide a public forum for the exploration of topics related to Southern writing. Previous lectures have been delivered by Elizabeth Spencer, Reynolds Price, and William Styron. For tickets or further information, please contact Humanities Tennessee at (615) 320-7001 or www.tn-humanities.org.

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