A Celebration of the Work of James A Miller

Professor James A. Miller
The Departments of English and American Studies and the Program in Africana Studies invite you to join us for “A Celebration of the Work of James A. Miller,” on Friday, September 11, from 2-6 PM.  This event will be held in the Jack Morton Auditorium (805 21st Street NW).

Professor James Miller (1944-2015) was a GW Professor of English, American Studies, and Africana Studies.  His work focused on a wide range of topics in African American literary and cultural studies across  the 20th and 21stcenturies.  Professor Miller was the author of Remembering Scottsboro: The Legacy of an Infamous Trial (Princeton University Press, 2009), as well as numerous articles and volumes focused on African American history, literature, music, film, and theory.

“A Celebration of the Work of James A. Miller” will begin with a panel of invited scholars.  The afternoon will continue with a reading by Professor Edward P. Jones, and conclude with a reception featuring the jazz ensemble Witney’s Swing N Gin.  The event is free and open to the public; it is made possible by the Wang Endowment in the Department of English.

2-3:30 PM Introductory Remarks, Robert McRuer (Chair, English, GWU)

Panel: The Work of James A. Miller

Barbara Foley (English and American Studies, Rutgers-Newark), “Not a Cocktail Party: The New Negro Movement and the Left”

Farah Jasmine Griffin (English, Comparative Literature, and African American Studies, Columbia), “Reading, Justice, and the African American Novel”

Paul Gardullo (Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture), “From Slave Ships to the Mothership: Missions into Expanding ‘The Archive’ at the Smithsonian’s NMAAHC”

3:30-4 PM Break

4-4:45 PM Introductory Remarks, Dean Ben Vinson (CCAS, GWU)

A Reading by Edward P. Jones (Creative Writing and English, GWU)

5-6 Jazz Reception featuring Witney’s Swing N Gin

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