This panel discussion will take as its topic Brooks's influence, impact, and legacy for African American poetry in Chicago and beyond. We will discuss Brooks's role as a
This panel discussion will take as its topic Brooks’s influence, impact, and legacy for African American poetry in Chicago and beyond. We will discuss Brooks’s role as a teacher and mentor of younger black poets in Chicago; her place in Chicago’s network of Black Arts Movement writing workshops; and her example to black poets throughout the US of modeling the production of new literary idioms as political work. We will also offer thoughts on the expanding geographical horizons of Brooks’s work — from Chicago’s Black Metropolis to the Pan-African world — by reflecting on Brooks’s later poetry, which oscillated in scope between the local and the transnational.
CRES Talks is a speaker series designed to bring to campus scholars and writers whose work is currently being taught at UChicago. This series invites current CRES majors and minors, interested students, and members of the general public to join us for in-depth conversations—bringing topics discussed within the confines of the classroom into an open forum.
This discussion is related to a course currently being taught, entitled “Gwendolyn Brooks: Poetry and Politics.” The course, taught by Andrew Peart (Graduate Student, Department of English) is a comprehensive survey of the work of Chicago writer and activist Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000) and an exploration of the artistic and social movements to which she contributed.
The program in Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies (CRES) and the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture (CSRPC)
(Tuesday) 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture
5733 S. University Ave. Chicago, IL 60637
Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture at the University of Chicago 5733 S. University Ave. Chicago, IL 60637