Ravi Howard to deliver annual Ellison Lecture


TUSKEGEE, Ala. (March 18, 2011) — Writer Ravi Howard will present Tuskegee University’s 16th Annual Ralph Ellison Lecture on March 30 at 3 p.m. in the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center auditorium.

Howard, whose lecture is titled, “Life in Marvelous Times,” is the author of Like Trees, Walking. The novel is inspired by the 1981 lynching of Michael Donald in Mobile, Ala.  Donald was walking home when two Ku Klux Klansmen allegedly assaulted him, cut his throat and left his body hanging from a tree. Howard’s novel is an extension of a short story for which he won the 2001 Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Award for College Writers. 

A native of Montgomery, Ala., Howard earned his B.A. in journalism from Howard University and his M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Virginia.  His work has appeared in Callaloo, Massachusetts Review, and Velocity Weekly. He won the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence and the Outstanding Southeastern Author Award (Fiction) from the Southeastern Library Association.

The annual Ellison Lecture, sponsored by the Department of English and the Center for Continuing Education, has featured distinguished scholars and artists from around the country in an effort to encourage critical examination of significant intellectual, aesthetic, social, and political issues.  It recognizes Ralph Ellison’s contributions to American letters and invokes the spirit of intellectual rigor and creativity that his achievements exemplify.  This year’s event is included in the Southern Literary Trail, a tri-state collaboration of cities celebrating writers of classic Southern literature.  For more information, call 334-727-8100 or visit www.southernliterarytrail.org.

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