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African American Studies Scholar Houston Baker Speaks at Appalachian April 14

BOONE – Duke University Professor of English Houston Baker will speak at Appalachian State University on Thursday, April 14, at 4 p.m. in Plemmons Student Union’s Price Lake Room.

Baker’s lecture, “From Literary Theory to Political Critique: Using the Tools of the Trade,” should appeal to a diverse group of professors and students interested in African American literature, American studies, popular culture and critical theory. His visit is co-sponsored by the Appalachian’s Department of English and the Office of Academic Affairs.

Baker joined Duke’s English department in 1999 after a long career at the University of Pennsylvania, where he directed the Afro-American Studies Program and distinguished himself as one of the country’s most influential scholars of African American literature and theory.

He has published more than 15 critical books and scores of articles on American and African American literature. He has also published four collections of poetry. His most recent books include “Critical Memory” (University of Georgia Press), “Turning South Again: Rethinking Modernism/Rereading Booker T.” (Duke University Press), and “Passing Over” (Lotus Press). Baker is also the editor of the academic journal American Literature and a past president (1992) of the Modern Language Association.