Montage of a Dream Deferred: 70 Years Later | Newberry

Montage of a Dream Deferred: 70 Years Later

Thursday, February 11, 2021


The Newberry

Eric Selinger, DePaul University
Newberry Teachers' Consortium

In 1951, Langston Hughes published Montage of a Dream Deferred, a book which contains several of his most taught and anthologized poems, including “Theme for English B” and “Harlem” (“What happens to a dream deferred?”). The volume’s prefatory note, however, does not refer to it as a collection, but as a book-length “poem on contemporary Harlem,” which “like be-bop, is marked by conflicting changes, sudden nuances, sharp and impudent interjections,” and so on. As Montage turns 70, this seminar will explore the pedagogical challenges and possibilities of approaching it as a single text. How might thinking of Montage this way change our sense of Hughes as an artist? What opportunities might it create for student research and creative practice? What happens to some of those classic anthology pieces if we read them both closely and doubly, considering them as individual artworks and as parts of this book as a whole?

Cost and Registration Information 

Newberry Teachers’ Consortium participants may register for this seminar through their designated school administration contact, as space permits. Individual educators without a subscription package at their home institution may register for this seminar by purchasing an individual seminar slot at the time of registration. Registration for all NTC seminars opens Friday, September 11, 2020. For more information about NTC subscription packages, please contact Cate Harriman, Teacher & Student Programs Coordinator, at

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