Online Live Event Featuring Drs. Darryl Dickson-Carr, Amber Dyer, Sanderia Faye, and Ms. Onyema Nweze

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.

Tuesday, September 22: 6:30-8:00pm

Suggested admission: $25; please donate as much as you can or as little as you can spare.


Interested in The Bluest Eye? Onyema Nweze returns to the Institute lineup with a four-week class on Sept. 30, Oct. 7, 14, 21. View details here.


DR. 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.
DR. 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 M.H., University of Dallas, Literature concentration. Ms. Nweze (WIN-zee) has been a public school educator for more than 25 years. An alumna of the 2006 and 2007 Sue Rose Summer Institutes, she is a member of the Teachers Alumni Advisory Board of the Cowan Center for Education™. Ms. Nweze attended and graduated from the distinguished Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts for her secondary career. She is a certified reading specialist who worked in the Dallas ISD for more than eighteen years where she served as a high school English teacher, Department Chair, District Instructional Coach, Assistant Principal, and Academic Facilitator. Ms. Nweze is currently an Instructional Coach with the After-School All-Stars program in Dallas while she pursues a doctoral degree in curriculum and instruction. Ms. Nweze serves the Cowan Center™ as a TEKS and English STAAR specialist. Ms. Nweze is currently working on her dissertation.