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Contact: Christine Payton March 5, 2007
(337) 482-6397, payton@louisiana.edu
Jerry W. Ward, one of the nation's preeminent scholars of African American and Southern literature and a noteworthy poet, will speak at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette on March 7.

Ward is the Distinguished Professor of English and African World Studies at Dillard University in New Orleans. He will lecture on “Richard Wright's Legacy to the 21st Century” at 11 a.m. in Dupre Library's first floor atrium. The event is free and open to the public.

Ward has authored an impressive body of scholarship, and has published numerous journal articles and book reviews. He is recognized internationally as one of the leading experts on the works of Richard Wright. His credentials concerning Wright include the forthcoming Richard Wright Encyclopedia, and the introduction to the American Library editor of Black Boy.

His books include the anthologies Trouble the Water: 250 Years of African American Poetry; Black Southern Voices: An Anthology; and the groundbreaking MLA publication Redefining American Literary History, which he co-edited with A. LaVonne brown Ruoff. He has written about the reality of the post-Katrina situation in New Orleans and the Gulf South region, and his personal essay, “Katrina: A Matrix of Stories,” is featured in the latest issue of African American Review. His poem, “After the Hurricanes,” is available in the online literary journal ChickenBones and can be read at the following website: www.nathanielturner.com/afterthehurricanes.htm

The event is sponsored by the UL Lafayette Department of English, the English Department Symposium Committee, the Graduate College, and the College of Liberal Arts. For more information, contact the UL Lafayette English Department at (337) 482-5462 or reggiey@louisiana.edu

Document last revised Monday, March 5, 2007 8:01 AM

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