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Lewis & Clark discusses Ralph Ellison with Professor Jerry Harp

February 10, 2010

Ellison is recognized as one of the most influential and accomplished American authors of the twentieth century and is best known for his highly acclaimed novel “Invisible Man.”

Harp taught “Invisible Man” as the common text for Lewis & Clark’s “Inventing America” course. In this discussion, he will explore Ellison’s legacy as a writer and social critic nearly 60 years after “Invisible Man” was released. Harp will read select passages from the book that illuminate the perennial human search for personal identity through the complicated lens of a nameless African-American protagonist.

Harp will also discuss the recent release of “Three Days Before the Shooting: The Unfinished Second Novel by Ralph Ellison,” which was co-edited by Morgan S. Odell Professor of Humanities John Callahan and Adam Bradley B.A. ’96. Learn more about the new book on February 17, when Callahan and Bradley will offer a reading and remarks about the novel.


Event details:

Monday, February 15, 5:30-7 p.m.

Manor House, Armstrong Lounge

Refreshments will be served and limited-edition bookmarks will be available for all in attendance. 

Sponsored by the English Department and the Office of Multicultural Affairs

About Jerry Harp:

Jerry Harp has published several volumes of poetry and authored a book about his study of cognition in the Renaissance, titled “Constant Motion: Ongian Hermeneutics and the Shifting Ground of Early Modern Understanding.” Harp recently completed a book about the life and poetry of Donald Justice, titled “For Us, What Music?” Harp was one of 75 poets from across the country included in The Best American Poetry 2009