Thadious Davis | James Weldon Johnson Memorial Lecture
Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library
121 Wall St.
New Haven, CT 06511
Thadious Davis will deliver the James Weldon Johnson Memorial Lecture
Thadious Davis is Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and Professor of English at UPenn. Her teaching areas include African American literature and Southern literature with an emphasis on issue of race, region, and gender. Her research interests are interdisciplinary: geography and African American writers; photography and Southern women; film and literary modernism; visual culture and the Harlem Renaissance; civil rights law and narrative fiction.
Invested in contemporary archival work, Davis has been a fellow at the Newberry Library in Chicago, the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, and the Huntington Library in California where she held the R. Stanton Avery Distinguished Fellowship.
The James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection of Arts and Letters at the Beinecke Library was founded by Carl Van Vechten in 1941 in honor of James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938), poet, novelist, lyricist, diplomat, educator, and noted civil rights leader. The Collection celebrates the accomplishments of African American writers and artists from the Harlem Renaissance to the present.