Friday, September 23, 2016

An Evening with Jabari Asim

Jabari Asim, celebrated author and editor-in-chief of The Crisis magazine, will present the fall keynote lecture for the University of Kansas’s Common Book program at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, in Budig Hall Room 130.

The event is open to the public. Tickets are not required, but space is limited.

President Obama Nominates Howard University Chair to National Council

Our friend and Black Book Interactive Project collaborator, Dana A. Williams has been nominated to serve as a member of the National Council on the Humanities. Dr. Williams is the Chair of the Department of English at Howard University and Program Director of Seshat: A Howard University Digital Humanities Initiative-- our BBIP partners.

You can read more about President Obama's nomination of Dr. Williams over at Diverse Issues in Higher Education.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

ICYMI: The Last Week in Black Writing and Culture (9/10 - 9/16)

KU Today highlighted HBW’s Black Book Interactive Project, an NEH-funded collaborative research project that seeks to increase the number of black-authored texts in the study of digital humanities.

Naomi Moyer has released a new print series entitled “Black Women in Canada” recognizing lesser-known heroines in history. She recognizes Black women who have shaped Canadian history, but have been forgotten in today’s history books.

Dr. Carla D. Hayden was sworn in as the 14th Librarian of Congress, becoming the first African American and first women to hold the position. As a trained librarian, Dr. Hayden’s historic appointment is cause for celebration and marks a new direction for the advancement of the library. The Library of Congress will also host its 16th National Book Festival on September. 24th. You can check out book talks from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Colson Whitehead, Annette Gordon-Reed, and many more. 

The longlist for the National Book Awards in Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry and Young People’s Literature were announced. Among the honorees are a number of writers of color including Colson Whitehead for his Oprah approved The Underground Railroad, Jacqueline Woodson for her first adult novel in twenty years Another Brooklyn, Ibram X. Kendi who will visit KU in November to do a book talk and signing for Stamped from the Beginning, Kevin Young for Blue Laws, who will also visit KU to deliver the Bill Tuttle Distinguished Lecture in American Studies next month, Kwame Alexander for Booked, and Congressman John Lewis with his comic March: Book Three.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Throw Your Head Back and Sing: A Tribute to Maya Angelou

On Thursday, September 29th at the Forbes Center for the Performing Arts at James Madison University, performers will honor and pay tribute to the work of acclaimed poet Maya Angelou. Angelou is perhaps best known for her non-fiction work I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings  (1969) and her Pulitzer Prize nominated collection Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'fore I Die (1971). Angelou wrote Georgia, Georgia in 1972 becoming the first black woman to have a screenplay produced and received an Emmy nomination for her role on the television series Roots in 1977.