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UW-Eau Claire Welcomes
Visiting Professor
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MAILED: March 8, 1999

EAU CLAIRE — Dr. Kwame Dawes, associate professor of English at the University of South Carolina, will be on the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's campus through March 12 as a Senior Visiting Minority Scholar.
In addition to his role as a teacher of literature and creative writing, Dawes is a novelist, a poet, an actor-playwright, a storyteller, a scholar and the criticism editor for the journal "Obsidian II." He has written several books, including "Natural Mysticism: Toward a Reggae Aesthetic."
His professional interests and research topics include popular culture, music and literature, Africa and African Diasporic cultures, race dynamics and gender issues. He has taught courses in fields such as Caribbean literature, modern British poetry, African literature, African American literature, and rap and the Black aesthetic. He also has toured as a member of the reggae band Ujamaa.
Dawes' schedule is as follows:
Monday, March 8
  • At 11 a.m. Dawes will visit with Asha Sen's honors colloquium "Representations of Women in Post-Colonial Literature," in room 307 of Hibbard Humanities Hall.
  • At 6 p.m. he will have dinner with NOTA members and others at the Camaraderie on Water Street. NOTA is the campus creative arts organization.
  • At 7:30 p.m. he will lead a poetry reading in the Winnebago Room of Davies Center. A reception will follow.
    Tuesday, March 9
  • At 8 a.m. Dawes will visit with John Buchholz's class, "Contemporary American Literature," in room 321 of Hibbard Hall.
  • At 1 p.m. he will visit with the combined "Introduction to Texts" classes of Elizabeth Preston and August Rubrecht in room 102 of Hibbard Hall.
  • At 4 p.m. Dawes will visit Max Garland's "Advanced Creative Writing" class in room 302 of Hibbard Hall.
    Wednesday, March 10
  • At noon Dawes will present a public brown bag lunch discussion titled "Towards a New Reggae Aesthetic in West Indian Literature: A Study of Popular Culture and Literary Practice" in the Ojibwa Room of Davies Center.
    Thursday, March 11
  • At 12:30 p.m. Dawes will visit Bruce Taylor's class "Contemporary American Literature" in room 310 of Hibbard Hall.
  • At 2 p.m. Dawes will visit Dina St. Louis's "Introduction to Literature" class in room 307 of Hibbard Hall.
Dawes' visit is funded by the Office of Affirmative Action.

UWEC [Administrative Offices] [News Bureau]

Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
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Updated: March 9, 1999