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Ralph Ellison Centennial Symposium

Date: 9:00am PST February 28, 2015 - 4:00pm March 1, 2015

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    Ralph Ellison in 1957, four years after his novel Invisible Man won the National Book Award. Ellison died in 1994.

Lewis & Clark College is proud to present the “Ralph Ellison Centennial Symposium.” The event will bring together nationally recognized scholars of literature, history, and the arts to explore Ellison’s legacy. Ralph Waldo Ellison, an American novelist, literary critic, scholar, and writer is best known for his novel Invisible Man, a definitive text on the African-American experience. He was also a National Book Award winner (1953) and has two collections of essays, Shadow and Act (1964) and Going to the Territory (1986).

The symposium will feature several nationally recognized scholars, including opening keynote lecture by Eric Sundquist, Johns Hopkins University, and special address by scholar and author Charles Johnson.

Confirmed speakers include: Herman Beavers, Kimberly Benston, Adam Bradley, John Callahan, Marc Conner, Bryan Crable, Benji de la Piedra, Doug Erickson, Tracy Floreani, Lena Hill, Charles Johnson, Kimberly Mack, Lucas Morel, Muriel Morisey, Ross Posnock, Suzanne Roszak, Grant Shreve, and Eric Sundquist.

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Schedule of Events
Friday, February 27, 9:00am-9:00pm
Lewis & Clark College, Gregg Pavilion 

9:00-10:00: Keynote Address: “Ralph Ellison in His Labyrinth,” Eric Sundquist, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities, Johns Hopkins University
Introduction, Marc Conner, Washington and Lee University

10:00-10:30: Break

10:30-12:00: Ralph Ellison and the 21st Century: Lucas Morel, Washington and Lee University;  Herman Beavers, University of Pennsylvania
Chair and moderator, Kimberly Benston, Haverford College

12:00-1:30: Lunch provided (Stamm Room, Templeton Campus Center)
Address by Adam Bradley, University of Colorado at Boulder, Lewis & Clark Class of 1996
Introduction, John Callahan, Morgan S. Odell Professor of Humanities, Lewis & Clark College

1:30-3:00: New Perspectives on Three Days Before the Shooting: Marc Conner, Washington & Lee University, and Grant Shreve, Johns Hopkins University
Chair and respondent, Adam Bradley, University of Colorado at Boulder

3:-00-3:30: Break

3:30-5:00: Biographical Perspectives on Ralph and Fanny Ellison: Lena Hill, University of Iowa; Benji de la Piedra, Columbia University; Bryan Crable, Villanova University; Tracy Floreani, Oklahoma City University
Chair and moderator, Marc Conner, Washington and Lee University

5:00-5:30: Break

5:30-6:30: Reception at Aubrey R. Watzek Library:
“The Translations of Invisible Man,” Doug Erickson, Senior Advisor to Lewis & Clark College for Libraries, Outreach, and Programing

6:30-8:00: Break for dinner

8:00-9:00: Address by Charles Johnson, Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington, WINNER OF THE 1990 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR HIS NOVEL, Middle Passage
Introduction, Herman Beavers, University of Pennsylvania


Saturday, February 28, 9:00am-4:00pm
Lewis & Clark College, Gregg Pavilion

9:00-10:30: New Perspectives on Ralph Ellison: Ross Posnock, Columbia University; Kimberly Mack, University of California, Los Angeles; Suzanne Roszak, Yale University
Chair and moderator, Lena Hill, University of Iowa

10:30-10:45: Break

10:45-12:00: Roundtable discussion with all presenters: Issues in Ralph Ellison Studies
Moderator, Marc Conner, Washington and Lee University

12:00-2:15: Lunch provided (Stamm Room, Templeton Campus Center)
Remarks by Kimberly Benston, Haverford College
Paul Bragdon, President emeritus, Reed College and Mrs. Nancy Bragdon on impressions of Ralph Ellison at Reed in 1976
Eve and Sasha Callahan on girlhood impressions of Ralph and Fanny; reading from Fanny Ellison’s “Porky” stories.

2:15-2:30: Break

2:30-3:30: Roundtable discussion with all presenters: Issues in Ralph Ellison Studies (continued). Students from John Callahan’s Ellison Letters class direct questions to the roundtable

3:30 Closing remarks by John F. Callahan, Morgan S. Odell Professor of Humanities, Lewis & Clark College and Ralph Ellison’s Literary Executor
Introduction, Marc Conner, Washington and Lee University

 

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