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Chat in the Stacks with Lena Ampadu

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Chat in the Stacks with Lena Ampadu

Time: February 23, 2011 from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Location: Paley Library Lecture Hall, Temple University
Street: 1210 Polett Walk
City/Town: Philadelphia, PA 19122-6088
Phone: 215-204-0744 ‎
Event Type: discussion
Organized By: Lena Ampadu
Latest Activity: Jan 28, 2011

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Lena Ampadu, Professor of English and former Director of African and African American Studies Program at Towson University, leads a discussion on the Prose, Poetics and Politics of Frances E. W. Harper.

Lena Ampadu is Professor in the Department of English, Towson University, where she teaches composition, Survey of African American Literature, Major Writers of African American Literature, and courses on black women writers. In addition, she is the immediate past Director of the African and African American Studies Program. She has published a number of essays on composition and rhetoric, as well as on African American literature. Her specialty is oral traditions in African and African American women’s novels. Her publications include “The Poetry of Paul Laurence Dunbar and the Influence of African Aesthetics” (We Wear he Mask: Paul Laurence Dunbar and the Politics of Representative Reality) and “Maria Stewart:  Womanism, Black Nationalism, and the Rhetoric of Black Preaching” (Black Women’s Intellectual Tradition:  Speaking Their Minds). She has lectured on the Poetic Voice of Frances E.W. Harper and the Prose, Poetics, and Politics of Frances E. W. Harper and is presently working on a manuscript on Frances Harper and Pauline Hopkins.


“Harper was a fascinating woman, an outspoken feminist of her day whose poetry and prose often delved into the challenges and problems facing all women, while celebrating women’s ability to survive and overcome. A social visionary, Harper commented on the sexual double standard that existed during the nineteenth century men and women; advocating literacy as an empowering, liberating tool for women; and used her pen and voice in the public sphere to oppose slavery. Many of her beliefs on justice and equality still resonate with meaning for today’s society.” -Lena Ampadu

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