Ralph Ellison Lecture

The Department of English sponsors the annual Ralph Ellison Lecture, which features distinguished scholars, writers, and artists from around the country in an effort to encourage critical examination of significant intellectual, aesthetic, social and political issues. The lectures are intended to recognize Ellison's contributions to American letters and to invoke the spirit of intellectual rigor and creativity that these achievements exemplify. The list of past lecturers includes Albert Murray, Cornel West, Arnold Rampersad, and Natasha Trethewey.