“Don’t Say Goodby to the Pork Pie Hat” is a conference, designed to restore to the cultural repository the record of and critical responses to Larry Neal (1937-1981), a poet, playwright, and essayist whose moral vision, intellectual independence, and scholarly integrity remain a model and inspiration for future achievement. Scheduled for October 19th and 20th at Brooklyn College, with a concluding session at the Schomburg Library on the 21st the conference has drawn scholars from throughout the nation and Kimberly W. Benston, the Kenan Professor of English as Haverford College, will give the keynote speech. The presentations will bridge a substantial gap in the current scholarship on the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s by documenting the centrality of Neal who is arguably the founding theorist of black American cultural studies.
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