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A Different Perspective

Reading James Baldwin in the Digital Age with Dr. Kenton Rambsy

When James Baldwin died in 1987, novelist Toni Morrison addressed him in her eulogy: “You made American English honest—genuinely international…. You stripped it of ease and false comfort and fake innocence and evasion and hypocrisy. And in place of deviousness was clarity. In place of soft plum lies was a lean, targeted power.” Thirty years later, we are discovering anew, or for the first time, the power of Baldwin’s writing. In this class, UT-Arlington Professor of English Kenton Rambsy will lead us through some of Baldwin’s seminal texts, utilize his expertise in digital humanities to pinpoint linguistic patterns in Baldwin’s work, and introduce online resources that will illuminate Baldwin’s deep influence on American culture.

Class materials and syllabus [password protected]

December 6, 13, and 20, 6:30 to 8:30pm
Tuition: Nonmembers $95, member discounts starting at $81
Special Student rate of $25

About the instructor

f17profs-rambsyKenton Rambsy received his Ph.D. (May 2015) and Masters in English (May 2012) from the University of Kansas. He is a 2010 Magna Cum-Laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Morehouse College. He finished Morehouse as the top ranking scholar in the English department and received the distinction of being named the 2010 William Pickens Scholar. In 2008, he received a UNCF/Mellon-Mays Fellowship, and in 2009, he received Schomburg-Mellon Humanities Fellowship. Having served as a research assistant at both Vanderbilt University’s Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center in Nashville, Tennessee and Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History in Atlanta, Georgia. From 2012- 2014, Kenton served as the Program Academic Committee chair for the Association for the Study of Life and African American History (ASALH). Kenton specializes in African American short stories, social geographies, and digital humanities) text-mining, topic modeling, and mapping softwares).

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