Black Poetry after the Black Arts Movement is hosted by the Project on the History of Black Writing at the University of Kansas, in Lawrence, roughly forty-five miles west of Kansas City in northeast Kansas. KU is a major educational and research institution with more than 29,000 students, 1,900 faculty members and a long tradition of excellence. Accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, KU is a charter member of the Association of American Universities. KU’s English Department, known for its major poets and excellence in the teaching of poetry, is the source of several Institute faculty and presenters. KU Libraries, a leader in Open Access Policy, ranks in the top one-third among U.S. private and public research universities, with significant holdings in the humanities, African American culture and one of the most important collections of beat poetry in the world. Participants will have full access to the KU Library System during their stay.
Lawrence has the charm and atmosphere of a small town with the resources and cultural opportunities of a big city. Visitors to KU are always surprised to find, not your typical college town, but a city that proudly wears its state’s history with such places as “Liberty Hall,” where concerts and musicals drew large audiences at the turn of the 19th century, and which still operates as a music venue and independent theatre today. The name “Free State” could not be more popular. There are eateries and restaurants for every palate and budget, art galleries, music and theatre venues, a walkable, quaint downtown district as well as the typical malls with anchor stores.