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RELIGION - "Full of Pepper and Light: Welcoming the Gwenolyn Brooks Papers to the University of Illinois"

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Produced and sponsored by the Rare Book & Manuscript Library; the departments of English, African American Studies, Religion, Theater, and Music; the University Library; the University of Illinois Office of Public Engagement; the Center for Advanced Studies; and the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.
Lincoln Hall Theater, 702 S. Wright St., Urbana
Apr 24, 2014   7:30 pm  
Admission is free.
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School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics Calendar

Those in attendance will be treated to poets and scholars reading and thinking about the poems and legacy of Brooks, the third Poet Laureate for the State of Illinois (following Carl Sandburg,) and the first African-American writer to win a Pulitzer Prize.

Performers will include the University of Illinois Black Chorus, led by Professor Ollie Watts Davis, a troupe of players led by Brooks' daughter Nora Brooks Blakely, and many “friends of Gwen,” including Haki Madhubuti, co-founder and director emeritus of the Gwendolyn Brooks Center for Black Literature and Creative Writing.

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