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Ann Plato Fellow Annual Lecture: (Early) Modern Literature: Crossing the Color-Line Then and Now by David Sterling Brown ’06
Thursday, April 17, 2014
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Smith House Reese Room
Margaret M Grasso
The homogeneity of the modern Shakespeare classroom is, in some ways, linked to the lack of diversity within the early modern field itself. While the ever-changing liberal arts landscape presents challenges for early modern scholars, the flexibility of that environment also presents us with opportunities to productively redefine the ways we teach early modern culture and keep it relevant for today’s undergraduates. During this talk, Brown will discuss his dissertation research in addition to his academic and professional relationship with Trinity College, all of which contributed to the development and implementation of a hybrid English Renaissance and African American literature course: “(Early) Modern Literature: Crossing the Color-Line”—an academic fieldwork experience for which the seeds were planted nearly 10 years ago at Trinity. The title of Brown’s talk alludes to the name of his course and reflects the idea that even though the work he was actively doing with his students throughout the semester— “crossing the color-line”—is now complete, the journey to understanding the relationship between the past and the present continues.
David Sterling Brown ’06
is the 2013-2014 Trinity College Ann Plato Fellow, the first who is an alumnus of the College.
For the Ann Plato Lecture, he will discuss his scholarly research in addition to his academic and professional relationship with Trinity, all of which contributed to the development of a hybrid English Renaissance and African-American literature course he taught last fall. David is s a New York University PhD candidate who specializes in English Renaissance and African American literature. His academic research interests include the family, race, sexuality, gender and social power.
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