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.
  • Reading: 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

  • Dr. 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

  • Dr. 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)”

Moderator: Ayanna Woods, Lehigh University

Naylor, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Maginnes 103

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

Moderator: Dr. Emily Weissbourd, Lehigh University

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

130pm-230pm: Keynote Panel

Gloria Naylor: Other Places, Maginnes 101

  • Dr. Shaun Myers, University of Pittsburgh, “Gloria Naylor’s Reorientations: Standing Outside, In Between, and ‘At the End of the World’”
  • Dr. Randi Gill-Sadler, Lafayette College, “Naylor’s South, Naylor’s Archive: Traces, Fragments and Dissonance” 

Moderator: Dr. Suzanne Edwards, Lehigh University

230pm-4pm: Roundtable

Teaching with Black Women Writers’ Archives, Maginnes 101

  • Dr. Michelle Y. Gordon, Emory University
  • Jasmine M. Woodson, Lehigh University
  • Dr. 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

  • Dr. Lana N. Lockhart, Spelman College, “The Men of Linden Hills: Manhood, Materialism, and the Movement”
  • Dr. 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
  • Dr. 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

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

Moderator: Isaiah Rivera, Lehigh University

830pm: Closing Remarks, Williams Hall, Global Commons

  • Introduction: Dr. Mary Foltz, Lehigh University
  • Dr. 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.