James Smethurst

"The Black Arts Movement, Hip Hop, and How Bob Dylan Can Be a Nobel Laureate"

Saturday, Feb. 25, 5:00-6:00 p.m., Cressman Center for Visual Arts, 100 E. Main Street

James Smethurst is Professor and Graduate Director of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His primary research areas are African American literature, culture, and intellectual history from the late 19th to the late 20th centuries, with a particular emphasis on black cultural and political radicalism. He is the author of The New Red Negro: The Literary Left and African American Poetry, 1930-1946 (Oxford, 1999), The Black Arts Movement: Literary Nationalism in the 1960s and 1970s (North Carolina, 2005), and The African American Roots of Modernism: Reconstruction to the Harlem Renaissance (North Carolina, 2011). He has also co-edited Left of the Color Line: Race, Radicalism and Twentieth-Century Literature of the United States (North Carolina, 2003), Radicalism in the South since Reconstruction (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006) and SOS—Calling All Black People: A Black Arts Movement Reader (Massachusetts, 2014). He is currently working on a history of the Black Arts Movement in the southern United States.

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