Dear ALSCW members and friends:

We are delighted to announce two upcoming ALSCW events. These virtual events will help to keep our membership connected and to advance our organization's mission to advance the study and creation of literature. We are deeply grateful to our participants and to all of you for your support of the ALSCW (information on memberships and renewals can be found at We will send out a link a week to ten days before each event.

"Literary Imagination: A Special Issue on Race and Literature"

Wednesday, September 22nd, 6 pm EST

Rosanna Warren, Hanna Holborn Gray Distinguished Professor, University of Chicago
Panelists and contributors:
Major Jackson, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Chair in the Humanities, Vanderbilt University
Robert Levine, Distinguished University Professor, University of Maryland, College Park
Dante Micheaux, Poet
Rebecca Rainof, Associate Research Scholar, Princeton University
Elizabeth Samet, Professor of English, West Point
Lenora Warren Assistant Professor of English, Cornell University

"General Education and the Idea of a Common Culture"

October 15th, 12 pm to 6 pm EST

Andrew Delbanco, Alexander Hamilton Professor of American Studies, Columbia University, and President, Teagle Foundation
T.J. Lears, Board of Governors Distinguished Professor of History, and Editor-in-Chief, Raritan, Rutgers University
Diana Senechal, Varga Katalin Gimnázium, Szolnok, Hungary
Poetry Reading:
Edward Hirsch, President, Guggenheim Foundation
Yusef Komunyakaa, Professor of English, New York University
Clare Cavanagh, Francis Hooper Professor in the Arts and Humanities, Northwestern University


Ernest Suarez
David M. O'Connell Professor of English
Executive Director, Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers
Chair, Department of English