Monday, June 3, 2013

Sonja Lanehart, The AALCI Book Benefactor

Sonja Lanehart looking through the course packet with AALCI Fellows

In addition to meeting with Fellows each year, Sonja Lanehart, UTSA Brackenridge Endowed Chair in Literature and the Humanities, has utilized a portion of her funds associated with her professorship to purchase the books for the Institute. In the past, she has gotten the Fellows copies of Toni Morrison's Sula, Colson Whitehead's The Intuitionist, and last year and this year, she purchased, at our request, copies of The Black Book for all the participants. The students and I are of course quite appreciative.

Last year, Lanehart funded the AALCI book collection, which includes:

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
Crave Radiance by Elizabeth Alexander
Nat Turner by Kyle Baker
Black Feminist Thought by Patricia Hill Collins
The Crisis of the Negro Intellectual by Harold Cruse
The Souls of Black Folks by W.E.B. DuBois
Atlas of the Transatlantic Slave Trade edited by David Etlis and David Richardson
Words of Fire edited by Beverly Guy-Sheftall
Killing Rage by bell hooks
The Art of Choosing by Sheena Iyengar
Leadbelly by Tyehimba Jess
Body and Soul by Alondra Nelson
The Oxford Anthology of African American Poetry edited Arnold Rampersad
The new black by Evie Shockley
More than Just Race by William Julius Wilson
The Mis-Education of the Negro by Carter G. Woodson
Dear Darkness by Kevin Young

AALCI Fellows selected books from the AALCI Collection
 Yesterday during a tour of the campus, Joycelyn Moody and I had the Fellows stop by her office and check out two books from the AALCI library. They expressed a genuine delight pursuing, discussing, and selecting titles to keep for a few days. I'm looking forward to our follow-up discussion.  

AALCI 2013


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