Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Gendebien Room, Skillman LIbrary
Williams Center for the Arts

Who: Professors Randi Gill-Sadler and Megan Fernandes, Dept. of English, Lafayette College

What: Noontime talk and lunch

     Gwendolyn Brooks: The Art, Influence, and Legacy of the American Poet. Recipient of the Pulitzer Prize -- the first awarded to an African American writer -- and Poet Laureate of Illinois, Gwendolyn Brooks' immense influence on Black literary traditions, young people, and emerging writers cannot be overstated. Professors Randi Gill-Sadler and Megan Fernandes will discuss Brooks' legacy and involvement with Third World Press, and look at her use of persona in, among other works, the chapbook Family Pictures.

When: Tuesday, February 18, 12:15 - 1:15 p.m.

Where: Gendebien Room, Skillman Library

How: Lunch provided while supplies last; admission is free.


This talk accompanies the following:

Manual Cinema / No Blue Memories: The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks

Saturday, February 22 at 7:00 p.m.

Williams Center for the Arts - (610) 330-5009, williamscenter.lafayette.edu

Manual Cinema creates a "live" cinematic experience -- right before your eyes. Using simple technologies like paper puppetry, overhead projectors, actors in silhouette, real-time feed cameras, multi-channel sound design, and a live music ensemble, the results are much like the early days of cinema when silent films were a limitation of technology, but not of the imagination. Manual Cinema's No Blue Memories tells the story of American poet Gwendolyn Brooks, her beloved Chicago, and how she navigated identity, craft, and politics in a way that is as poetic on the stage as her work is on the page.

Sponsored by: 
Williams Center for the Arts and Department of English