2021 Symposium Schedule

Friday, November 5

630pm: Registration in Goodman Lobby, Zoellner Hall

730pm-900pm: Presentation and Performance in Black Box Theatre, Zoellner Hall

Gloria Naylor on Stage and Screen

  • Presentation: Gwynn McDonald, Freelance Director and Producer, “A History and Discussion of One Way Productions,” Black Box Theatre in Zoellner Hall.
  • Performance: Excerpts from Parchman, M’Dear, and Candy, directed by Kashi Johnson, Lehigh University, and produced by Melpomene Katakalos, Lehigh University
  • Post-performance Q&A

930pm: Dessert Reception in Goodman Lobby, Zoellner Hall

Saturday, November 6

830am: Breakfast, 1st Floor Lobby, Maginnes Hall

900am-1030am: Panel in Maginnes 101

Intimate Archives

  • Jennifer Williams, “Gloria Naylor, Ann Petry, and Black Feminist Regard”
  • Ayanna Woods, Lehigh University, “Epistolary Insights: Intimate Criticism between Gloria Naylor and her Contemporaries”
  • Rayah Levy, Founding Director of the Esther M. Lee African American Heritage Center, “The Power of Written & Spoken Words – How Archives Shape and Add to Our Identity”
  • Monet Lewis-Timmons,University of Delaware, “Keepers of the Archive: Acknowledging Pauline A. Young’s Intimate Preservation of Alice Dunbar-Nelson’s Archive”

Moderator: Dr. Mary Foltz, Lehigh University

1030am-1045am: Coffee Break

1045am -1215pm: Concurrent Panels

Revisiting The Women of Brewster Place, Maginnes 101

  • Kiana Murphy,University of Pennsylvania, “A Black Girl Methodology: Re-Reading the Black Feminist Archive through The Women of Brewster Place
  • Annie Strausa, University of Bristol, “Tracing their Journeys: Gloria Naylor, The Great Migration and The Women of Brewster Place
  • Keelyn Bradley, The European Graduate School, “My Body Is the (Cutting-) Edge of Terrorism: Rape, Dismemberment, and Embodied Violence”
  • Nidhi Shrivastava, Sacred Heart University, “The Ethics of Representing Traumatic Realism, Avenging Women, and Rape in Gloria Naylor’s “The Two” and B.R. Chopra’s Insaaf Ka Tarazu (1980)”


Naylor, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Maginnes 103

  • Elizabeth Rivlin, Clemson University, “‘They needed things like that’: Gloria Naylor and the Rise of Shakespeare Novels”
  • Emily Bryan, Sacred Heart University, “Things Dying and Things New-Born: Mama Day Adaptations in the Archive”
  • Jenny Adams, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, “Gloria Naylor’s California”
  • Kathy Lavezzo, University of Iowa, “Gloria Naylor’s Post-Structural Medievalism”

Moderator: Dr. Suzanne Edwards, Lehigh University

1215pm-130pm: Lunch, 1st Floor Lobby, Maginnes Hall

130pm-230pm: Keynote Panel

Gloria Naylor: Other Places, Maginnes 101

  • Shaun Myers, University of Pittsburgh, “Gloria Naylor’s Reorientations: Standing Outside, In Between, and ‘At the End of the World’”
  • Randi Gill-Sadler, TBA, Lafayette College


230pm-4pm: Roundtable

Teaching with Black Women Writers’ Archives, Maginnes 101

  • Michelle Y. Gordon, Emory University
  • Jasmine M. Woodson, Lehigh University
  • Michelle S. Hite, Spelman College

Moderators: Holly Smith, Spelman College and Gabrielle M. Dudley, Emory University

400pm-430pm: Break

430pm-600pm: Panel

Gender and Genre in Linden Hills, Maginnes 101

  • Lana N. Lockhart, Spelman College, “The Men of Linden Hills: Manhood, Materialism, and the Movement”
  • Qi Jiamin, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, “Troubled Bodies: A Reading of Naylor’s Corporate American Male Characters”
  • Bret Hairston, Williams College, “Falling into Yourself: The Cyclical Motion of Temporal Collapse, the Maternal, and the Basement
  • June-Ann Greeley, Sacred Heart University, “Linden Hills and the Archives of Silenced Women”

Moderator: Dr. Mary Foltz, Lehigh University

630pm-730pm: Dinner in Williams Hall, Global Commons

730pm: Keynote Lecture, Williams Hall, Global Commons

  • Maxine L. Montgomery, Florida State University, “‘History is a Written Photograph’: Gloria Naylor, Archival Moments, and Black Women’s Literary Legacies”

830pm: Closing Remarks, Williams Hall, Global Commons

  • Michelle Loris, Sacred Heart University

Sunday, November 7

1000am-200pm, Open hours in the Naylor Archive, Williams Hall 130

  • Please rsvp for this event when you register so that we have adequate staff on hand to assist researchers.