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Lecturer: Geraldine Smith-Wright, PhD. The extraordinary achievements of African American activists, intellectuals, dancers, painters, sculptors, photographers, musicians, and writers between 1917 and 1935 mark the movement we now call the Harlem Renaissance. While Fats Waller’s song “This Joint is Jumpin“ (1929) describes the good time feeling much of the movement engendered, the Harlem Renaissance was in fact a multifaceted effort to improve race relations. It’s intent was to gain access for African Americans’ fuller participation in American life. We will discuss selected literary texts that articulate the broad preoccupations of the period. We’ll also take a look at the special qualities that have earned these texts a permanent place in our national literature. Dr. Geraldine Smith-Wright is Professor Emerita of English at Drew University in Madison, NJ. During her 28 years of teaching at Drew, she specialized in 19th- and 20thcentury American literature, African American literature, Women's literature, and American ethnic literatures. She was cited in three editions of Who's Who Among America's Teachers -- 2002-03, 2003-04, and 2004-05. In 2007 she won the Drew University President's Award for Distinguished Teaching. For many years, Dr. Smith-Wright lectured for the Speakers Bureau of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities and currently serves on its Board of Trustees

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013 1:30pm $8/ JCCMC Member; $11/ Non-member Sorry, No Refunds Jewish Community Center of Middlesex County 1775 Oak Tree Road Edison, New Jersey 08820 732-494-3232 www.jccmc.org

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