Image courtesy of the Ohio History Connection, Paul Laurence Dunbar Collection, P 70.

Project Title: Paul Laurence Dunbar and American Literary History

Dates: July 13-31, 2015

Location: Columbus, Ohio

Visiting Scholars:

  • Gene Andrew Jarrett, Boston University
  • Nadia Nurhussein, University of Massachusetts, Boston
  • Andreá N. Williams, The Ohio State University
  • Herbert Martin, The University of Dayton
  • Ray Sapirstein, Independent Scholar, Author, Musician

Program Description: Known during his lifetime as the “Poet Laureate of the Negro race,” Paul Laurence Dunbar was, at the time of his death, the most famous poet in America.  During his short but productive life he produced twelve collections of poetry, four novels, four collections of short stories, and numerous songs, dramatic works, and essays in leading American periodicals.  Join us as we examine Dunbar’s role in American literature as well as his influence on a subsequent generation of authors in the Harlem Renaissance.  This Summer Institute will help Summer Scholars develop strategies to engage the historical complexities of race and dialect, which will enhance classroom pedagogy as well as future research projects.

Application Deadline: March 2, 2015 (click here for Application Information and Instructions)

Notification Date: March 30, 2015

Stipend Details: NEH Summer Scholars participating in this workshop will receive a stipend of $2,700 to help cover costs associated with travel, lodging, food, and materials. Summer Scholars will receive the stipend check at the end of the workshop. Summer Scholars will need to fill out a W-9 in advance of the workshop in order for the stipend to be processed in a timely fashion and the check to be available on the final day of the workshop. The stipends are taxable.

More information coming soon!