Symposium: Of Dialect, Race & Representation

Wednesday, October 1

Time: 2 p.m. — 4:15 p.m.

Location: Sears Recital Hall, Jesse Philips Humanities Ctr

Tags:  Arts and Sciences, Symposium, English, Readings

Cost:  Free

A Campus Cultural Connections Event, A Dunbar Series Event. Paul Laurence Dunbar's work in dialect is an often misunderstood part of his career; his choice to utilize dialect is often used by contemporary critics to label Dunbar as pandering to white expectations regarding African Americans. As a black artist producing work for a predominantly white audience, however, Dunbar had to navigate the racist assumptions shared by many of his editors and readers in order to succeed. Understanding Dunbar's intentional and strategic use of dialect is an important part of his artistic legacy.

Contact Information:

Name:  Graul Chair in Arts and Languages
Phone:  937-229-3490