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Screening & Discussion – Paul Laurence Dunbar: Beyond the Mask

February 9, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Portrait: Paul Laurence Dunbar

Paul Dunbar 1872-1906

With funding support by the National Endowment for the Humanities and Ohio Humanities, filmmaker Frederick Lewis presents, Paul Laurence Dunbar: Beyond the Mask. This new feature-length film examines Dunbar’s life and legacy as one of the first influential black poets of American 20th century literature. The Feb. 9 premiere begins 5 p.m. in the Tinkham Veale Center Ballroom, 11038 Bellflower Road. Lewis will host a Q&A immediately afterward.  WOUB Public Media (Athens) will broadcast the documentary Feb. 14 at 8 p.m.

Born in Dayton, Ohio, many of Dunbar’s poems and short stories reflected a ‘black’ dialectic primarily associated with the rural south. A prolific writer, he struggled to find a balance that would both appeal to his largely white readership yet sincerely express the African American experience. The event is free; however, pre-registration is recommended.

Lewis is an associate professor of media arts and studies at Ohio University.

This program is made possible, in part, by Ohio Humanities, a state-based partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Through programs and grants, Ohio Humanities helps Ohioans use history, literature, and philosophy to explore the past, inform the present, and envision the future. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this grant-funded program do not necessarily represent those of Ohio Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.





February 9, 2017
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Case Western Reserve University, Tinkham Veale Center
11038 Bellflower Road
Cleveland, OH 44104 United States
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