Making History: Free Lunch & Discussion about Alain Locke's Legacy with Ser...

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Making History: Free Lunch and Discussion about Alain Locke's Legacy with Serena Arthur, Oluchi Ezeh & Nicholas Gaskill (Oxford)

Alain Locke was known as the first African American Rhodes Scholar and, later, the dean of the Harlem Renaissance. As a student at Oxford in the early 1900s, Locke had a difficult time because of the racism he encountered. But his Oxford experience was determinant: it made him a dedicated cosmopolitan and a pan-Africanist.

This lunchtime event welcomes any and all who are interested in Locke's intellectual and personal legacy. The lunch will be an opportunity to discuss it as well as the issues that arise from it.

Short readings will be pre-circulated to participants.

12 arrival; casual free lunch for all

1230 start

130 pm finish

This event is free and open to the public

ALL WELCOME

Dr Nicholas Gaskill is Associate Professor of American Literature at Oxford University. He is the author of Chromographia, which looks at the ways that U.S. writers imagined color experience between 1880 and 1930.

Serena Arthur was Birmingham Young Poet Laureate and Deputy Editor of Onyx Magazine. She is currently a finalist in English Literature at Mansfield College, Oxford University.

Oluchi Ezeh was Film and Theatre Editor of Onyx Magazine. She is currently a finalist in English Literature at Mansfield College, Oxford University.




This event is part of Making History: Christian Cole, Alain Locke, and Oscar Wilde at Oxford, an exhibition running from May-October 2019 in the Library of Magdalen College, Oxford.

Making History: Christian Cole, Alain Locke and Oscar Wilde at Oxford tells the story of Oxford University's first Black African undergraduate (Christian Cole), first African-American Rhodes scholar and midwife to the Harlem Renaissance (Alain Locke), and greatest Irish wit and dandy (Oscar Wilde). These 3 were undergraduates at University, Hertford and Magdalen College, respectively. By drawing these exceptional men together, the exhibition highlights the surprising shared histories of Oxford's Queer and Black undergraduates. The exhibition showcases rare archives to allow the public a unique glimpse at the documents and drawings that bear witness to these remarkable young men’s lives and times.


Curated by Elizabeth Adams (University College, Oxford) and Michèle Mendelssohn (Mansfield College, Oxford) in collaboration with Daryl Green (Magdalen College, Oxford). Based on Making Oscar Wilde by Michèle Mendelssohn, a semi-finalist for the PEN America Biography Prize and finalist for the Biographers' Club Slightly Foxed First Biography Prize.


This exhibition is made possible thanks to support from Hertford College, University College, Magdalen College, The Rhodes Trust, and the Oxford English Faculty.

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