Professor Robert Gibbons’lecture and workshop
at the Countee Cullen was outstanding the level of scholarship shared with attendees was a testament to Professor Robert Gibbons. We could not have done it without you. Professor Gibbons shared historical information and distributed documentation. The purpose of Poets Network & Exchange Scholar Lecture Series is to provide opportunities for scholars of all disciplines to give lectures and workshops. We wish to do this via the historical African oral traditions. We are delighted by the presence of those who attended and the village spirit of loving support. Here is an overview the content of Professor Robert Gibbons lecture and discussion.
“The color of my mind is more important than the color of my skin” were the words of Babette Deutsch, a critic of the magazine called the Nation. The color of my mind workshop will be more than a mere creative writing workshop. It will attempt to challenge the systemic ideals of race, identity, and class through the lens of two Harlem Renaissance poets: Countee Cullen and Langston Hughes. It will not be just another history lesson of the Harlem Renaissance, but it will use the Renaissance as a backdrop. It will use the metaphor of sankofa which means “to look back in order to look forward.” To bring forth a new renaissance in our own literary lives. We will have a chance to investigate and contemplate on the struggles, the determination, and efforts of the writer of those times and make comparisons to struggles of these times. This workshop will transcend traditional thinking. It is not a workshop exclusively for people of color, but this workshop makes available the efforts of a diverse range of people in American society. To explore the differences in the poets and the similarities in them and ourselves. So we should examine the relationship of the poets and poetry outside the traditional literary circle. To create a platform for free expression. To open this sphere we have to search the treasure troves of primary and secondary sources such as journal entries, biographies, and newspaper articles. This workshop will not only give the participants a chance to learn of our literary ancestors but take this information to use it present-day knowledge of literary arts and culture.” – Robert Gibbons
Scholar lecturer Robert Gibbons provided an enlightening afternoon of scholarship! Words cannot express the jubilation I’m experiencing at this moment. I’m overwhelmed with joy and gratitude. Professor Robert Gibbons you’re brilliant!!! The depth of scholarship you were able to share in such a short span of time is nothing short of remarkable. It was difficult to focus on my writing , I wanted to just sit and listen to your words. I enjoyed the stimulating workshops discussions. I am blessed to have sat under your scholarship. Your reading was magnificent!
Thank you, Ed Toney, for facilitating the open mic, Ed Currelley video, Serena Cuebas administrative assistant, our wonderful drummers and trumpeter and our workshop attendees. (photo credit William Washington.
See 112 photos of event (photo album credit Gia Shakur)
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