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Cullman Center Institute for Teachers: LeRoi Jones and the Lower East Side, 1955-1965 (winter break)

ADAM SHATZ, Instructor

As a prominent poet, critic, essayist, playwright, and editor, LeRoi Jones (later known as Amiri Baraka), bridged the worlds of the Beats, the New York School, and avant-garde jazz, and did more than anyone to define the new black aesthetic. Readings will include several essays and poems as well as Jones’s short play, Dutchman. Seminar participants will also listen to samples of music by jazz artists who were close to Jones, and look at paintings by Bob Thompson, who documented that world in his tragically short, dazzling career.

A contributing editor at the London Review of Books, Adam Shatz served as literary editor of The Nation magazine from 2003 to 2007, and has written about jazz, literature, and politics for The New York Review of Books and The New York Times.

This seminar is by application only and the deadline to apply has passed.

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  • Audience: Teachers, K-12 Educators