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This celebration of the centennial of Paul Laurence Dunbar's death will explore new critical perspectives on the diversity of Dunbar's literary production as a poet, novelist, lyricist, dramatist, and journalist. The conference will seek to place Dunbar in the context of historical phenomena such as slavery and the Civil War, Reconstruction, lynching, race riots, and landmark Jim Crow legislation such as Plessy v. Ferguson; and to explore the many ways that Dunbar was challenged individually by complex psychological, aesthetic, social, and political pressures. To mark Dunbar's pioneering role as a spoken-word artist and cultural icon, the conference will also include live performances of Dunbar's works and will feature an exhibition at the Stanford University Library. The organizers of the conference will edit a selection of the papers for a special issue of African American Review.


Stanford Program in American Studies
The Office of the President
The Office of the Dean of Humanities & Sciences
The Department of English
The Department of History
Continuing Studies
The Program in African and African American Studies
Stanford Humanities Center
Central Region Humanities Center, Ohio University
Renée B. Fisher Foundation
The Committee on Black Performing Arts
The Department of Drama
Stanford University Libraries


Shelley Fisher Fishkin, Stanford University
Gavin Jones, Stanford University
Meta DuEwa Jones, University of Texas at Austin
Arnold Rampersad, Stanford University
Richard Yarborough, University of California-Los Angeles