pays tribute to Wideman
career and work of one of America's most widely acclaimed writers,
John Edgar Wideman, will be the subject of an international symposium
honoring him at U.Va. March 30 through April 1. The event is sponsored
the noted African and African-American literary journal published
author of such highly praised novels as Sent for You Yesterday
and Philadelphia Fire, will give a reading and will participate
in various panels, including one on racial profiling and affirmative
action, during the symposium.
fiction and nonfiction explore layers of complexity in black urban
experiences. His writing has been hailed for its vividness and
eloquence, winning him, among other awards, a MacArthur Fellowship
and the Pen/Faulkner Award for fiction twice.
Callaloo symposium, open to the public, will include:
"Virtual Lynching: Racial Profiling, Affirmative Action,
Higher Education," a panel discussion, with opening
remarks by Wideman. 4:30 p.m., Rotunda Dome Room
"True Fictions" 10 a.m., Rotunda Dome Room "Creative
Autobiography" 2 p.m., Rotunda Dome Room A reading
by Wideman. 8 p.m., University Chapel
Wideman, with novelist Percival Everett and poet Harryette
Mullen, will lead writing workshops with U.Va. and local
high school students. 9:30 a.m. to noon.
product of a vibrant, racially mixed neighborhood of Pittsburgh
who later became a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, he writes often about
his roots and has explored tragic and difficult events from his
own life as gateways to larger issues. His memoir, Brothers and
Keepers, was about his younger brother, who was convicted and
sentenced to life in a robbery and murder case.
a professor of English at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst,
has been a visiting writer at numerous colleges and has long worked
with secondary schools around the country as a writing consultant.
Callaloo, the award-winning international journal edited by U.Va.
Charles Rowell, recently devoted a special issue to Wideman's
a complete schedule, see http://www.people.virginia.edu/~callaloo/jw.htm