Friday, September 23, 2016
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.
You can read more about President Obama's nomination of Dr. Williams over at Diverse Issues in Higher Education.
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
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
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.