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February 2, 2012

Professor Michelle McKinley helps to organize ‘Place and Displacement in African American Literature’

Oregon Law Associate Professor Michelle McKinley, along with numerous constituents across campus, is working to organize the symposium, “Place and Displacement in African American Literature.” The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 2, in the University of Oregon Knight Library Browsing Room. 

The symposium is part of a 2011-12 collaboration between two research interest groups (RIG) at the UO’s Center for the Study of Women inSociety — the Américas RIG and the Law, Culture, and Society RIG — on thetheme of “Service and Servitude.”

Professor McKinley serves on the Law, Culture, and Society RIG.

Guest presenters for the event include:

  • Eve Dunbar (Vassar), “Place and Displacement in the Ethnographic and Literary Writings of Zora Neale Hurston”
  • Courtney Thorsson (U Oregon), “Vertamae Grosvenor’s Revolutionary Recipes”
  • Emily Lordi (U Mass), “’Move’: Literary Historiography and the Placing of Lucille Clifton”
  • Salamishah Tillet (U Penn), “African Mailman: Nina Simone, Africa, and a Global Civil Rights Aesthetics”
  • Jennifer Williams (Goucher College), “The Erotics of Travel in African American Women’s Fiction”
  • Karla Holloway (Duke), response to panelists and “Legal Boundedness of Identity in African American and African Diasporic Literature”

The gathering of these scholars is possible through the support of the University of Oregon’s Center for the Study of Women in Society (CSWS), Department of English, Department of Ethnic Studies, the Oregon Humanities Center, and the School of Law.

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