Houston A. Baker, Jr.
Professor of English
Duke University

“Black Citizens Need Not Apply: America’s ‘Technical’ Alternative to Black Education.”

8 PM, Januray 30, 2003
CSE E119, University of Florida.

Dana D. Nelson
Professor of English
University of Kentucky

“Tartar Love: The Politics of Representation on Democracy’s Frontiers.”

10 AM, January 31, 2003
Ruth McQuown Room (219 Dauer Hall), University of Florida.

Professors Baker and Nelson will participate in a roundtable discussion.

2:30 PM, January, 2003
Ruth McQuown Room (219 Dauer Hall), University of Florida.

All events are free and open to the public.

Houston A. Baker, Jr., received his BA from Howard University, and his MA and PhD degrees from UCLA. He began his career as a scholar of British Victorian literature, but made a career shift to the study of Afro-American Literature and Culture. He has published or edited more than twenty-five books and monographs, and authored more than one hundred articles, essays, and reviews. His most recent books include Turning South Again: Re-Thinking Modernism, Re-Reading Booker T. and Critical Memory: Public Spheres, African American Writing and Black Fathers and Sons in America. He is also a published poet; his most recent book of poems is Passing Over. He has taught at Yale, the University of Virginia, and the University of Pennsylvania. Currently he is the Susan Fox and George D. Beischer Professor of English at Duke University. He is the Editor of American Literature, the oldest and most prestigious journal in American Literary Studies, and he has twice been a senior fellow at the School of Criticism and Theory. In 1992 he served as president of the Modern Language Association of America. His honors include Guggenheim, John Hay Whitney, and Rockefeller Fellowships, as well as eleven honorary degrees from American colleges and universities.

Dana D. Nelson received her BA from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and her MA and PhD from Michigan State University. She has taught at Louisiana State University, and she is now Professor of English and Social Theory at the University of Kentucky. Her books include The Word in Black and White: Reading ‘Race’ in American Literature, 1638–1867 (Oxford University Press, 1992), which Choice selected as an Outstanding Book of the Year; and National Manhood: Capitalist Citizenship and the Imagined Fraternity of White Men (Duke University Press, 1998). She has also edited three textual editions and co-edited a collection of essays with Russ Castronovo, Materializing Democracy: Toward a Revitalized Cultural Politics (Duke University Press, 2002). With Houston A. Baker, Jr., she co-edited a special issue of American Literature (June 2001) on “Violence, the Body and ‘The South.’“ She has published over thirty articles and review-essays, and over twenty-five reviews, and she has served on four editorial boards. Her current project, “Representative/Democracy,” examines the historical, political, and cultural construction of representation as a generalized civic identity in the United States. As she argues, the U.S. is “a state haunted by equalitarian energies its system and representatives can never quite fully manage.”