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Performing Morrison: A Convening at Washington University in St. Louis

Performing Morrison is a convening towards the preparation of the forthcoming special issue of College Literature: A Journal of Critical Literary Studies: "Toni Morrison and Adaptation" to be released Summer 2020. The special issue, co-edited by Stacie McCormick (Assistant Professor of English at Texas Christian University) and Rhaisa Williams (Assistant Professor of Performing Arts at Washington University in St. Louis), considers Toni Morrison's work in the contexts of performance genres such as theatre, film, and opera.

Reflections on The Bluest Eye at 50, Keynote Plenary
4:00 - 5:45 p.m.

  • Herman Beavers, Professor of English and Africana Studies at University of Pennsylvania
  • Stephanie Li, Professor of English, Affiliate Professor of Gender Studies at Indiana University Bloomington
  • Faedra Chatard Carpenter, Associate Professor of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies at University of Maryland

Moderated by Rafia Zafar, Professor of English, African and African-American Studies, and American Culture Studies

Reading of scenes from Dreaming Emmett and Artist Talk
7:30—9:00 p.m.  

  •      Daniel Banks, Co-Founder and Co-Director of DNAWORKS

9:00 p.m.

 This event is Free and Open to the public, however  an RSVP is required at

This event is co-sponsored by Performing Arts Department | College of Arts and Sciences | Washington University in St. Louis: Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement and Institutional Diversity |
African and African-American Studies | American Culture Studies | Center for the Humanities | Department of English | Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Texas Christian University


Image for “The Bluest Eye” graphic courtesy of Brown University's Department of Theatre Arts & Performance Studies