CELEBRATION OF TONI MORRISON
March 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Featuring Onyema Nweze, Darryl Dickson-Carr, Sanderia Faye, and Amber Dyer
When Toni Morrison passed away in August 2019, she was the undisputed doyenne of American letters, having received the Pulitzer and Nobel Prizes and many of the other top awards for her fiction. Titles such as The Bluest Eye, Sula, Song of Solomon, Beloved, Jazz, and Paradise, among others, are still widely read and taught, and her literary criticism and cultural commentary have become key sources in current national discussions of race, class, and the relationship of art to culture. The Institute’s Cowan Center for Education adopted Beloved upon its publication in 1987 as a permanent text in the curriculum of the Sue Rose Summer Institutes for Educators. Our four guest speakers will make brief presentations before opening a conversation with each other and the audience during this tribute to and celebration of a towering literary figure.
6:30 – 8:00pm
Educators and Students free
DARRYL DICKSON-CARR is Professor and Department Chair of English at SMU. He teaches 20th-century American literature, African American literature, and satire.
DR. AMBER DYER holds the Ph.D. in Literature from the University of Dallas. She is a Cowan Center consultant and faculty member in the Sue Rose Summer Institutes.
SANDERIA FAYE is a prize-winning novelist and serves on the faculty of SMU. She is co-founder of and a fellow at Kimbilio Center for Fiction and is completing her Ph.D. at UNT.
ONYEMA NWEZE is a public school educator and holds a Masters in Humanities from the University of Dallas. Her scholarly focus is in 20th century African-American writers.