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This major gathering of leading Ellison scholars begins with the premise that Ralph Ellison is a major voice for understanding America in the 21st century. In the wake of the recent publication of Ellison’s unfinished second novel, Three Days Before the Shooting… , this symposium seeks to understand Ellison’s entire body of work, in an effort to appreciate and assess his unique contribution to American literature and culture. The speakers and panels will include:

Friday, March 16, 8 p.m., Lee Chapel:
Opening keynote lecture by Eric Sundquist, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities, the Department of English at Johns Hopkins University

Saturday, March 17:
“Invisible Man 60 Years Later: Ellison’s Masterpiece in the 21st Century”: panel featuring Herman Beavers, Robert Butler, Bryan Crable, Ross Posnock, Patrice Rankin (Northen Auditorium, 9-10:30 a.m.)

“Three Days Before the Shooting…: Ellison’s Ongoing Epic of America”: panel featuring Marc Conner, Lena Hill, Timothy Parrish, Grant Shreve (Northen Auditorium, 11-12:30)

“Ralph Ellison and American Culture: Ellison Past, Present, and Future”: panel featuring Steven Ealy, Pamela Jensen, Lucas Morel, Peter Schramm (Northen Auditorium, 2-3:30)

Student roundtable, featuring invited papers on Ellison’s Work by Hillary Cooper ’14, Katherine Webb ’13, Kate Norvelle ’12, Jenece Upton ’12, Kathryne Ackell ’13, and Bradley Harder ’12 (Northen Auditorium, 4-5)

Closing dinner and concluding keynote: John Callahan, Morgan S. Odell Professor of the Humanities, Lewis and Clark College (Hillel Multipurpose Room, 6-8 pm)

This symposium will seek to interrogate these new directions in Ellison studies, to chart the new territory that Ellison offers for the 21st century.
Sponsored by: The Ralph Ellison Foundation, The Ralph Ellison Society, the Departments of Politics, English, and African-American Studies at Washington and Lee University