University of Rochester

EVENT: Lecture by Michelle Stephens titled "Transnational Black Intellectuals"

TIME, DATE, AND PLACE: 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 1, Welles-Brown Room in Rush Rhees Library on the University of Rochester River Campus

ADMISSION: Free and open to the public

February 22, 2001

In a continuation of the Frederick Douglass Institute's Distinguished Visiting Speakers Series at the University of Rochester, Michelle Stephens, assistant professor of English at Mt. Holyoke College, will give a lecture titled "Transnational Black Intellectuals." The event will occur at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 1, in the Welles-Brown Room on the River Campus.

Stephens will lecture about the links among black intellectuals in the African Diaspora. She is currently at work on a new book titled Black Empire: The New Negro and the Re-routing of America. The book will discuss the writings of three black transnational intellectuals-Marcus Garvy, Claude McKay, and C.L.R. James-and their novel conceptions of both black identity and American nationality.

Stephens joined the Mount Holyoke English department faculty in January 1999, and teaches American, African-American, and Caribbean literature. She holds a doctorate in American Studies from Yale University.

For more information on the Distinguished Visiting Speakers Series, contact the Fredrick Douglass Institute at (585) 275-7800.