Free and open to the public / no reservations required
Centennial Brooks is a three-day tribute gathering of scholars, writers, musicians, and fans of Gwendolyn Brooks—the first African American poet to win the Pulitzer Prize. (April 6-8)
DAY 2, FRIDAY, APRIL 7: CENTENNIAL BROOKS SCHEDULE
• Opening Reception and Welcome (9:00 – 10am).
• Chicago, Race and Space: A discussion focused on the relationship between Brooks’ work and Chicago’s urban landscape. Moderated by Kenneth Warren. Panelists include Jacqueline Goldsby, Adrienne Brown, and Liesl Olson. (10:00am – 12:00pm).
• Female Contemporaries: A look at the relationship between feminism and the Black Arts Movement and Brooks’ relationship between the two movements. Moderated by Deborah Nelson. Panelists include Evie Shockley and Margo Natalie Crawford. (1:00 – 3:00pm).
• Career & Reception: An overview of the arc of Brooks’ career and the reception of her work. Moderated by Deborah Nelson. Panelists include Evie Shockley and Margo Natalie Crawford. (3:30– 5:30pm).
• Reception (5:30pm – 7pm).
Centennial Brooks is presented by the University of Chicago in partnership with the DuSable Museum of African American History and the Poetry Foundation.
All Centennial Brooks events are free and open to the public.