African American Studies at Beinecke Library
The Beinecke Library's new exhibition, “Destined to Be Known: The James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection at 75,” explores, in part, the life and work of James Weldon Johnson; materials from Johnson's literary archive (JWJ MSS 49) reveal aspects of his roles as civil rights activist, lyricist, man of letters, poet and writer, and diplomat. A man of letters and of the law, author of solemn lyrics and popular love songs, Johnson led a multi-faceted life and his career was one of constant reinvention.
September 18, 2016
Please join us for a reading by poet Elizabeth Alexander on Monday, October 10, 4:00 PM.
September 12, 2016
Celebrating Carl Van Vechten, founder of the James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection, one valediction at a time.
September 9, 2016
The Beinecke Library remembers poet Michael S. Harper (1938-2016). Harper, who taught English at Brown University and was the author of more than ten volumes of poetry, was a faculty member of Cave Canem, an African American poetry collective whose records are part of the James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection (Cave Canem Records). He co-edited the volume Chant of Saints: A Gathering of Literature, Art, and Scholarship (1979) with Yale professor Robert B. Stepto.
May 17, 2016
On March 4, Beinecke, the Gilder Lehrman Center at Yale, and the departments of English and African American Studies are co-sponsoring a symposium on Austin Reed's The Life and Adventures of a Haunted Convict, a 19th-century memoir of Reed's life and eventual incarceration at New York's House of Refuge and the notorious Auburn State Prison. Participants will discuss Reed's work in the context of African American literature, and in African American captivity.
March 3, 2016
Bringing Unknown Patterns into View: The Critical Vision of Robert B. Stepto brings together scholars from across the field of African American Studies to celebrate Professor Stepto's 40-year career at Yale. Organized by African American Studies, the celebration will take place from 9am to 6pm on Friday, October 30, in Loria Hall Room 351, and will feature original work from an extraordinary selection of Professor Stepto's former students.
October 14, 2015
Picture Freedom: Remaking Black Visuality in the Early Nineteenth Century by Jasmine Nicole CobbScholar Jasmine Nicole Cobb compares William Townsend's sketches of captive Africans from the schooner Amistad, held at the Beinecke, to later images of African Americans.From the Publisher:
April 22, 2015
Collections, events, and news from the James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection of African American Arts and Letters