The Harlem Renaissance | Newberry

The Harlem Renaissance

Friday, January 20, 2017

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Dr. Ken Warren, University of Chicago
Full, waitlist available
Newberry Teachers' Consortium

This seminar will explore the assumptions and beliefs that led Harlem’s writers, artists, musicians, cultural critics, scholars, and political leaders to insist that they formed a vanguard in the fight for racial equality in the US. Analyzing work by the Renaissance’s major participants—Countee Cullen, W.E.B. Du Bois, Jessie Fauset, Langston Hughes, Zora Neal Hurston, James Weldon Johnson, Alain Locke, and Jean Toomer—we will discuss how the expectations of the period both enabled and limited what these artists were able to accomplish. We will also discuss how the ideas that fueled the Harlem Renaissance may shape our current expectations about the role of artistic and literary production by black Americans. (As part of this latter discussion we will consider Court Theatre’s production of Pearl Cleage’s play, “Blues for an Alabama Sky,” which is set during the waning years of the Renaissance.)

Cost and Registration Information 

Newberry Teachers’ Consortium members may register for this seminar through their designated membership contact as space permits. Non-member educators may register for this seminar by purchasing an individual membership at the time of registration. Registration for all NTC seminars opens Wednesday, September 7, 2016. For more information about NTC membership, please contact Charlotte Ross, Teacher Programs Manager, at

The seminar will be followed by a catered lunch. Registrants should RSVP for lunch to assist Teacher Programs staff in reducing waste.

A link to the assigned pre-readings for this seminar will be distributed to participants via email.

If you believe you are registered for this seminar but have not received an email confirmation or reminder, please contact Teacher Programs staff.