Langston Hughes Festival, “Black Ephemera” event, mark CCNY Black History Month observance

A celebration of two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage, and a conversation with noted author and academic Mark Anthony Neal, highlight The City College of New York’s Black History Month observance this February. 

Nottage will receive the Langston Hughes Medal at The City College’s 44th Annual Langston Hughes Festival on Feb. 9. On Feb. 17, Neal, who is the James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of African & African American Studies and Chair of the Department of African & African American Studies at Duke University, will visit CCNY for an event entitled: “Mark Anthony Neal and Black Ephemera.”

Following are details about the events. All are free and open to the public.

Feb. 9 - Langston Hughes Festival. The event starts with a symposium, 12:30 – 1:45 p.m., in CCNY’s Aaron Davis Hall, honoring Nottage. Moderated by Jodi-Ann Francis, associate director of the Black Studies Program, the conversation will include Laurie Woodard, CCNY assistant professor of history; Kaitlyn Greenidge, novelist and features editor of Harper's Bazaar; and Quiara Alegría Hudes, Pulitzer-Prize winning playwright, lyricist, and essayist. Aaron Davis Hall is located at 134th and Convent Ave. Click here to register for the symposium.

Yahdon Israel, a senior editor at Simon and Schuster, founder of Literaryswag, and creative writing teacher at CCNY, will emcee the evening’s presentation ceremony, 6 – 8 p.m., in Aaron Davis Hall. Nottage will give a reading, and engage in a conversation about her writing with Salamishah Tillet, the 2022 Pulitzer Prize winner for Criticism for her work as a contributing critic-at-large for the New York Times. Nottage will have a book signing after receiving the Hughes Medal. Click here to register for the presentation ceremony.

Nottage will join a list of highly distinguished writers from throughout the African American diaspora as a Hughes Medalist. It recognizes honorees for their impressive works of poetry, fiction, drama, autobiography and critical essays that help to celebrate the memory and tradition of Langston Hughes. Click here for a list of past award winners.

Ahead of the Langston Hughes Festival, Nottage was interviewed by CCNY President Vincent Boudreau on “From City to the World,” the radio show he hosts on  City College-based WHCR-90.3FM. Click here to listen to the interview.

Feb. 17 – “Mark Anthony Neal and Black Ephemera,” 11 a.m. to 12 noon in CCNY’s Rifkind Center for the Humanities and the Arts, features Neal in conversation with Vanessa K. Valdés, CCNY’s associate provost for community engagement. They will discuss his latest book, “Black Ephemera: The Crisis and Challenge of the Musical Archive.” The Rifkind Center is located on the sixth floor of the North Academic Center (NAC), room 316. Click here to register for the event.

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