Mississippi Valley State University

December 22, 2014

University News

NEH African American Literary Heritage Workshops

July 02, 2013

Mississippi Valley State University will hold two summer workshops on African American Literary Heritage: Three Mississippi Writers, July 8-11 and August 5-6, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The workshops are funded with a grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and will be used to support the eighteen-month project.

With the NEH grant, the project will provide an opportunity for University faculty and regional school English teachers in the Mississippi Delta to enhance their knowledge of literary works of the three major African American writers in Mississippi: Richard Wright, Margaret Walker, and Sterling Plumpp.

Richard Wright, Margaret Walker, and Sterling Plumpp are the three famous modern and contemporary African American writers who have represented Mississippi in their literary achievements. The hunger for knowledge presented in Wright’s fiction, the awareness of heritage and freedom in Walker’s novel and poetry, and the Jazz/blues tradition in Plumpp’s poetry should still be significant and meaningful topics in the 21st-century humanities programs, specifically in the curriculum at HBCUs in the state of Mississippi.

The workshops will be conducted by nationally and internationally known scholars, Dr. Jerry Ward, Dr. Maryemma Graham, and Dr. Hermine Pinson with a purpose to infuse their writings into the University’s undergraduate curriculum and the language arts framework of secondary schools. Sterling Plumpp, who was a guest poet at Valley in 2010, will do a reading.

To register for the workshop contact Ms. Cynthia Willis-Khan at 662-254-3451 or cckhan@mvsu.edu.