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Jacqueline Goldsby to explore Chicago’s early black literary scene

The University of Chicago Chronicle reports that Jacqueline Goldsby, Associate Professor in English Language & Literature and the College, will explore Chicago’s early black literary scene in her Humanities Day keynote address. Specifically, she will explore a Bronzeville literary salon anchored at the Chicago Public Library’s George Cleveland Hall Branch. From the Chronicle:

These gatherings drew black authors—local and national, well established and emerging—into face-to-face dialogue with Chicago’s black reading public. “Hundreds turned out to hear Richard Wright, Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, Walker and Hurston read from their latest works and works in progress,” said Goldsby, “while critics led discussions about the ‘great books’ and the ideas of those times.”

Prof. Goldsby’s keynote address begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25 in Mandel Hall. For more information, read the Chronicle article here.

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