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Summer Seminar at Washington University Libraries

31 Jul
Participants in the African-American Memory Seminar at Washington University Libraries.

Participants in the African-American Memory Seminar at Washington University Libraries.

Washington University Libraries and the African and African-American Studies Department at Washington University conducted a four-day seminar on July 22-25, 2014 for local middle and high school educators to study the complex issues surrounding the history and artifacts of the Civil Rights Era.

The African-American Memory: Preserving the History of the Civil Rights Era seminar was led by university faculty including Dr. Gerald Early, Merle Kling Professor of Modern Letters, Professor of English and of African and Afro-American Studies,  Dr. Jonathan Fenderson, Assistant Professor of Afro-American Studies, and Dr. Stefan M. Bradley, Director and Associate Professor of African American Studies (Saint Louis University), and provided an in-depth exploration of Washington University’s renowned special collections, including the archives of Henry Hampton, creator of the acclaimed documentary series Eyes on the Prize.

Sylvester Brown, interviewee and journalist, and Paul Fehler, producer, discuss the film "The Pruitt-Igoe Myth" with seminar participants.

Sylvester Brown, interviewee and journalist, and Paul Fehler, producer, discuss the film “The Pruitt-Igoe Myth” with seminar participants.

In addition, curriculum topics, such as defining the Civil Rights Era, primary source research, visual literacy, preserving the materials and memory of the marginalized, and the rise and fall of the American city were discussed. The seminar also included a visit to the Missouri History Museum Library & Research Center and a screening of The Pruitt-Igoe Myth, with a question-and-answer session conducted by Paul Fehler, producer, and Sylvester Brown, interviewee and journalist. Film & Media Archive, University Archives, and the Modern Graphic History Library staff also conducted sessions and introduced the participants to resources in the collections as well giving an overview of how to conduct archival research.

Participants

Participants in the African-American Memory Seminar at Washington University Libraries.

All photos by Alison Carrick.

Gerald Early to get St. Louis Walk of Fame star

22 Apr

Gerald Early

Gerald Early, the Merle Kling Professor of Modern Letters at Washington University in St. Louis has received a star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame. The St. Louis Walk of Fame is a collection of more than 130 brass stars which honor individuals from the St. Louis area who have made a cultural contribution through the arts, writing, music, or sports.

Professor Early came to Washington University in 1982 and since that time has been a prolific author and cultural critic in addition to teaching courses in English, African and African-American studies, and, American culture studies. He was also the director of Arts & Sciences’ Center for the Humanities for over eleven years.

Professor Early’s books include, This Is Where I Came In: Black America in the 1960s, One Nation Under a Groove: Motown and American CultureDaughters: On Family and Fatherhood, The Culture of Bruising: Essays on Prizefighting, Literature and Modern American Culture, and A Level Playing Field: African American Athletes and the Republic of Sports, to name just a few.

In addition to being an author and a professor, Early is a noted cultural critic who has been a consultant and appeared in numerous documentaries. Gerald Early appeared in Henry Hampton’s I’ll Make Me a World, and the entire interview is available to view at the Film & Media Archive. Professor Early was also part of a group of librarians, archivists, and professors who were responsible for the Henry Hampton Collection finding a home at Washington University. The group’s successful proposal made the case that the Hampton Collection should be at a university where it would be open and accessible to students, faculty, and researchers.

Professor Early has appeared in other documentaries as well, including Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack JohnsonBaseball, the Ken Burns documentary series, Joe Louis: America’s Hero… BetrayedSay It Loud: A Celebration of Black Music in America, and many others

The full text of his speech on receiving the star can be read here.