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Blackness and Literature

March 10, 2014

Time: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Location: Liberal Arts and Policy Building 308
Contact Name: Nancy Kang
Contact Phone: 410-837-6020
Contact E-mail: nkang@ubalt.edu

DR. SILVIO TORRES-SAILLANT OF SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY PRESENTS "BLACKNESS AND LITERATURE" MARCH 10

On March 10, 2014 at 5:30 pm in the Liberal Arts and Policy (LAP) Building Rm. 308, Dr. Silvio Torres-Saillant, Professor of English at Syracuse University (New York), will discuss the construction and negotiation of black identities through literature. A specialist in Latino/a and Caribbean writing, Dr. Torres-Saillant will consider the widening scope of intellectual inquiry as it pertains to race, politics, and history throughout the Americas. He will also discuss the ways American writers have tackled such issues as displacement, racism, and migration through imaginative, often subversive, means. Dr. Torres-Saillant visits UB through the sponsorship of the Alexander Rose Fund and the College of Arts and Sciences’ Klein Family School of Communications Design. Lecture and discussion to follow.

Silvio Torres-Saillant is Professor of English and Chair of the Humanities Council at Syracuse University, where he formerly held the post of William P. Tolley Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Humanities and headed the Latino-Latin American Studies Program. He founded the Dominican Studies Institute at the City University of New York (CUNY) and served on the New York Council for the Humanities. He has written widely on Caribbean literature and thought, Latino discourse, Dominican society, intellectual history, Blackness in the Americas, and the role of learned elites in preserving colonial ideologies. Associate Editor of the journal Latino Studies and one of the Senior Editors of The Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States, he has been Visiting Professor at Amherst College in Massachusetts, Wilbur Marvin Visiting Scholar in the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University, and external faculty in the Social History of Education Doctoral Program at the University of Cartagena. His monograph The Advent of Blackness is coming out from the University of Florida Press.