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Black Women Writing Across Genres in the Late 20th Century
  • Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 4:00pm to 9:00pm
  • Friday, February 21, 2020 - 9:30am to 6:30pm

Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
University of Pennsylvania Libraries
Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center
3420 Walnut Street, sixth floor, Philadelphia, PA

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The 2020 Kislak Symposium looks at the flourishing of Black women writers as a cultural force in late twentieth century America. Combining panels, roundtables, talks, and readings, scholars and artists will examine topics ranging from activist writing and the emergence of Black Queer Studies to theorizing the archive and the role of bibliographies in the making of collections. The symposium seeks to inspire new work in the discipline while honoring the important work that has already been done on many of the authors in the collection. Among the confirmed speakers are Lorene Cary, Cheryl Clarke, Farah Jasmine Griffin, and Cheryl Wall, along with the exhibition co-curators and Penn graduate students, Destiny Crockett and Kiana Murphy. The collector Joanna Banks will be joining the conversation.

The symposium is co-sponsored by the Center for Africana Studies and the Wolf Humanities Center at the University of Pennsylvania.

Registration for the symposium is appreciated.