The Academy in the Time of Racial Reckoning, Part 4: “Faithful Reflection” and the Work of African American Literary History

Derrick Spires

The English Department Intellectual Life Committee invites you to join us for the fourth presentation in the series "The Academy in the Time of Racial Reckoning":
“Faithful Reflection” and the Work of African American Literary History  
Dr. Derrick Spires
March 26, 2021 • 1:00 PM via Zoom
Derrick R. Spires is Associate Professor of Literatures in English at Cornell University. He specializes in early African American and American print culture, citizenship studies, and African American intellectual history. His first book, The Practice of Citizenship: Black Politics and Print Culture in the Early United States (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019), won the MLA Prize for First Book and the Bibliographical Society/St. Louis Mercantile Library Prize. His work appears or is forthcoming in African American ReviewAmerican Literary History, and edited collections on early African American print culture and the Colored Conventions movement. Spires’s work has been supported by fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Social Science Research Council, and the Mellon/Mays Initiatives.
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