Image courtesy of the Ohio History Connection, Paul Laurence Dunbar Collection, P 70.

Project Title: Paul Laurence Dunbar and American Literary History

Dates: July 13-31, 2015

Location: Columbus, Ohio

Visiting Scholars:

  • Gene Andrew Jarrett, Boston University
  • Nadia Nurhussein, University of Massachusetts, Boston
  • Andreá N. Williams, The Ohio State University
  • Herbert Martin, The University of Dayton
  • Ray Sapirstein, Independent Scholar, Author, Musician

Program Description: Known during his lifetime as the “Poet Laureate of the Negro race,” Paul Laurence Dunbar was, at the time of his death, the most famous poet in America.  During his short but productive life he produced twelve collections of poetry, four novels, four collections of short stories, and numerous songs, dramatic works, and essays in leading American periodicals.  Join us as we examine Dunbar’s role in American literature as well as his influence on a subsequent generation of authors in the Harlem Renaissance.  This Summer Institute, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, will help Summer Scholars develop strategies to engage the historical complexities of race and dialect, which will enhance classroom pedagogy as well as future research projects.



June 8, 2015:  The reading list and agenda have been updated!  Be sure to check them to stay up-to-date as we get close to the start of the Summer Institute!

April 28, 2015:  Informational letters will be sent to Summer Scholars this week with lodging, conference, and Summer Institute information.  Be on the lookout for an email with those details.

March 30, 2015:  Congratulations to those chosen to participate in the upcoming Summer Institute! This promises to be a great three weeks and we are looking forward to meeting you!



Becki Trivison, Project Director
(614) 297-2527

Dr. Tom Morgan, Lead Faculty
(937) 229-3456