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The Life and Lore of Sterling A. Brown

October 19

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An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until October 21, 2022

Avery Sharpe, longtime bassist with the McCoy Tyner Trio and Williams faculty member.
Avery Sharpe

Williams College presents The Life and Lore of Sterling A. Brown: Celebrating Poetry, Prose, and Music Oct 19-21, a symposium on the internationally recognized scholar and poet influenced by jazz and blues, work songs and spirituals, African American folklore and rhythms of speech. Brown is a Williams alum, class of 1922.

a virtual symposium curated by Jes Neal, the inaugural Community Collections Manager with the Center for Research Libraries and recently the Sterling A. Brown Archivist at Williams College and Records Management Project Manager at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Program highlights include Imani Perry, Paula Giddings and acclaimed poet and Pulitzer and National Book Award finalist Cornelius Eady. An exhibition opens at Sawyer Library on October 19 at 5:30 p.m., and panels and performances continue on Zoom October 20 to 21. Events include:

October 20

Poetry reading with LeBaron Thornton, 5:30 p.m.

Looking South to a Very Old Place, Conversation with Edgar Tidwell and Mark Sanders, 7 p.m.

Dr. Imani Perry and Dr. Paula Giddings in conversation, moderated by Amber Zu-Bolton

Friday October 21

Welcome & Remarks: Member of the Williams Black Alumni Network
“Ma Rainey by Sterling Brown,” Music performance by Avery Sharpe at 11:30 a.m.

“The Impact of Sterling Brown’s Poetry, Cricicism, and Pedagogy,” Panel with Lauri Scheyer, James Smethurst, Tony Bolden and Steven Tracy. at 1:30 p.m.

“Sterling A. Brown: The Federal Writers’ Project and the Black Literary Tradition,” Panel presentation with Amber Zu-Bolton, Joanne Gabbin and Phil Richards at 3:15 p.m.

“In the Tradition: Black Artists and Writers Responding to the Work of SAB,” Panel presentation featuring Naomi Jackson, Airea Dee Matthews and Pamela Council at 5 p.m.

“Where Music and Dancing Are Concerned,” Music performances by Michael Awkward and Steven Tracy. Jason Lucas and members of WBAN read excerpts from “Brown, Sterling,” a play by Vantile E. Whitfield, 6:45 p.m.

Closing Remarks: Jes Neal

Closing Performance: Cornelius Eady Trio

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Williams College
880 Main St.
Williamstown, MA
(413) 597-3131

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