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Recent Faculty News

Dr. Zanice Bond, together with two Tuskegee students, Megan Williams (senior, English/social work) and Charkyria Evans (sophomore, aerospace engineering), presented at ACETA's 66th Annual Conference in February. Their panel NEH Summer Institute Don't Deny My Voice: Reading and Teaching African American a Poetry at Work as Pedagogy & Product highlighted work inspired by the institute.
 


Dr. Steven Edwards will appear in the musical Hands on a Hard Body at Park Playhouse in Albany, New York, July 1-26. The play is based on the award-winning 1997 documentary of the same name.
 


Dr. Benjamin Fishkin, Dr. Adaku Ankumah, and Dr. William Ndi's edited book Fears, Doubts, and Joys was published by Langaa RPCIG.
 

Tuskegee University was awarded a $100,000 Humanities Initiatives grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to re-examine the contributions and influence of Booker T. Washington. Dr. Loretta Burns, professor and head of the Department of English, is the project director. Mr. Dana Chandler, university archivist, and Dr. Lisa Hill, associate professor and head of the Department of History and Political Science, are co-directors. Additional faculty from the Departments of English and History and Political Science, selected students, and several visiting scholars will also be involved in grant activities.

Dr. Adaku Ankumah's essay "The Oppressed Out of the Circle: United Marginals in Francis B. Nyamnjoh's The Travail of 

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  appears in Fears, Doubts, and Joys.



Dr. Benjamin Fishkin's essay "A Costly Gift to the Receiver: Francis B. Nyamnjoh and the Alienation of the African" apppears in Fears, Doubts , and Joys.

Dr. William Ndi's essay "Blighting Companionship: Emmanuel Fru Doh's The Fire Within, a Tale of Passion and Alienation" appears in Fears, Doubts, and Joys.

Dr. Zanice Bond was a panelist at the "Don't Deny My Voice" session at Albany State University's 7th Annual Poetry Festival, held November 10-12. NEH Summer Institute scholars discussed reading and teaching African American poetry.

Dr. Zanice Bond and Dr. Rhonda Collier presented posters at the 85th Annual South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference, held November 8-10. Dr. Bond presented "Visual Biography of Mrs. Marion B. Jordan, Executive Secretary of the Pittsburgh (PA) NAACP, 1950-1960." Dr. Collier presented "The Hip Hop Family Album: Engendering Afro-Brazilian Female Rappers."

Dr. William Ndi presented a paper, "Development with Liberation in Africa and the Diaspora," at the 5th Annual Africana Studies Interdisciplinary Conference, held at James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA, October 16-20.

Mrs. Marilyn Hoytt was honored on October 18 at a program at the Atlanta University Center commemorating the Atlanta student sit-in movement of 1960.

Dr. Adaku Ankumah, Dr. Benjamin Fishkin, and Dr. William Ndi presented papers at the 2013 Southeast Regional African Studies Conference, held at East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, September 27-28. Dr. Ankumah presented "The Wealth of Names"; Dr. Fishkin presented "Power Relationships and Influences in the Novels of Francis B. Nyamnjoh"; and Dr. Ndi presented "The Global Reader and Names in Literary Works by Peter Wuteh Vakunta, Bill F. Ndi, and Emmanuel Fru Doh."

Dr. Benjamin Fishkin, Dr. Adadu Ankumah, and Dr. William Ndi's edited book Outward Evil, Inward Battle was published by Langaa RPCIG.

Dr. Benjamin Fishkin's essays "The Power of Memory: Crossroads in Works by Thomas Wolfe, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and August Wilson" and "It Rains Inside: Parenting and Music in Works by William Faulkner, August Wilson, and Sherman Alexie" appear in Outward Evil, Inward Battle.

Dr. Adaku Ankumah's essays "Memory and Resistance in the Poetry of Gcina Mhlophe" and "Veiling the Past: Memory and Identity in Edwidge Danticat's The Dew Breaker" appear in Outward Evil, Inward Battle.

Dr. William Ndi's essays "Quakers, Memory, and the Past in Literature" and "Unwavering Insubordination: Rebellion and Memory in the Letters of Elizabeth Hooton" appear in Outward Evil, Inward Battle.

Dr. Eleanor Blount's essay "Memorizing the Dark: Margaret Walker and Toni Morrison Compress African American Time and Space in Poetry and Fiction" appears in Outward Evil, Inward Battle.

Dr. Rhonda Collier's essay "There's No Place Like Home: Cultural Memory in Toni Morrison's Tar Baby and Edwidge Danticat's Breath, Eyes, Memory" appears in Outward Evil, Inward Battle.

Dr. Loretta Burns's essay "Memory, the Blues, and African American Slave Narratives" appears in Outward Evil, Inward Battle.

Dr. Zanice Bond and Dr. Lisa Bratton have received a Created Equal grant from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. The grant will explore civil rights history through films and discussion groups.

Recent Student News

Seven Tuskegee University students were inducted into the Beta Beta Chapter of Lambda Iota Tau (LIT) Honor Society on Thursday, March 6, 2014. Approximately twenty-five people, including faculty, friends, and family, gathered at the Legacy Museum for the ceremony. Lauren Belcher, Monyai Chavers, Tiffany Ford, Sarah Jordan, Karlette Sullivan, Carlie S. Ward and Megan M. Williams showcased their creative and literary talents with excerpts from their short stories, poems, essays, and research papers. Following the ceremony, attendees enjoyed a reception hosted by the Tuskegee University English Club. For more information on LIT, please contact Dr. Zanice Bond, faculty advisor.
 
 
 
 
 

 

Dr. Zanice Bond, together with two Tuskegee students, Megan Williams (senior, English/social work) and Charkyria Evans (sophomore, aerospace engineering), presented at ACETA's 66th Annual Conference in February. Their panel NEH Summer Institute Don't Deny My Voice: Reading and Teaching African American a Poetry at Work as Pedagogy & Product highlighted work inspired by the institute.
 
 

The following English majors are listed on the 2013-2014 Honor Roll:

Eric Bordenave
Imena Ezell
Tiffany Ford
Sarah Jordan
Amina Lynch
Jonathan Overy
Kala Parker
Karlette Sullivan
Carlie Ward
Breanna Warren
Megan Williams

Upcoming Events

 

 The 2013-2014 Ralph Ellison Lecture will be presented on Monday, March 31, at 3:00 p.m., in the Kellogg Conference Center Auditorium. The speaker will be Haki R. Madhubuti.