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Symposium to honor author Ralph Ellison

Ellison symposium past of the Ralph Ellison Centennial Celebration
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: March 2, 2014

Oklahoma City University and the Oklahoma Humanities Council will host “Ellison at 100: A Centennial Symposium” from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Saturday in the Grand Ballroom of the Skirvin Hilton

Hotel, 1 Park Ave.

It is part of the Ralph Ellison Centennial Celebration. Admission is free.

Ellison was an Oklahoma City native. He is best known for his novel, “Invisible Man,” although he also was a renowned jazz critic and a charter member of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The symposium will feature several national recognized scholars of literature, law, history and the arts. The scholars are:

Danielle Allen, recipient of the MacArthur “Genius Grant.”

Al Brophy, author of “Reconstructing the Dreamland: The Tulsa Race Riot of 1921, Race Reparations, and Reconciliation.”

Arnold Rampersad, biographer.

Eric Sundquist, American literary expert.

Todd Bryant Weeks, independent jazz historian.

The symposium will be held during the annual conference of the Society for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States.

For more information on the symposium or other Ellison centennial events, go to or email


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