Please join Dr. Juyoun Jang's class for Lectures in African-American Poetry throughout the semester

Open to All Students, Faculty, and Staff

 These are guests lectures in Dr. Juyoun Jang's ENGL402, a course for students at Sewanee and Maury County Jail

Join on Monday or Wednesday, in person or on Zoom

Gailor 110, 3:30 p.m.-4:45 p.m.


Prof. Shanda Taylor (Northwest Mississippi Community College): Wed., Feb. 15

“An art form of transmuting emotional energy, building and sustaining community solidarity, inspiring social justice and progressive change”


Dr. Adam Gussow (Professor of English and Southern Studies at the University of Mississippi): Mon., Feb. 27

“A broad overview of how to think about the blues in a literary context, and he will talk specifically about Brown’s poem “Ma Rainey.”


Dr. Pradip Malde (Samuel R. Williamson Distinguished University Chair and Professor of Art at the University of the South): Wed., March 29

"Dr. Malde's photographic work in Haiti and Tanzania, using images, personal narratives, and poetic structures as a way of fostering community development and trauma recovery"


Dr. Leila Kamali (Independent Scholar & Author of The Cultural Memory of Africa in African American and Black British Fiction, 1970-2000: Specters of the Shore): Mon., April 3

“Embodied Language and Anti-Black Violence in Examples from the Black Arts Movement and from Today"


Dr. Jay Watson (Distinguished Professor of English and Howry Professor of Faulkner Studies at the University of Mississippi) Mon., April 24

“An introductory talk and a discussion of Natasha Trethewey’s work; Dr. Watson will share his teaching experience at Parchman/Mississippi State Penitentiary”


Dr. Derrick Harriell (Otillie Schilling Associate Professor of English, African American Studies and Creative Writing at the University of Mississippi): Mon., May 1

“Join a discussion of his recent poetry collection Come Kingdom