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Following Courage: William Wells Brown

Wednesday, February 21 | 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Olin Library, 142
Olin Library, Brookings Dr, St. Louis, MO

In celebration of Washington University Libraries’ recent acquisition of a first British edition of Narrative of William W. Brown, an American slave, written by himself, Gregory Carr, Assistant Professor of Theater at Harris-Stowe State University, will lecture on Brown’s literary works. In addition to the lecture, the first edition and related materials from the Julian Edison Department of Special Collections will be on display before and after the lecture. Attendees are also encouraged to visit the Slavery in St. Louis traveling exhibition on view in Olin Library. Refreshments will be served after the lecture. Recommended for ages high school and up.

Schedule of Events:

5:00 pm – Exhibition viewing and items on display

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm: Lecture in Olin Library, Room 142

6:30 pm – 7:00 pm: Refreshments in the Ginkgo Reading Room and additional viewing time

Free and open to all, registration requested.

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations


Arts & Culture, Humanities & Society, Campus & Community



Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity & Equity, University Libraries
Event Contact

Kelly Schmidt | kschmidt@wustl.edu

Speaker Information

Gregory S. Carr is an Assistant Professor of Theatre in Communication Studies at Harris-Stowe State University. Gregory is an accomplished director, playwright, actor, essayist, and public historian. His work has appeared in Theatre Symposium, Routledge Companion to African American Theatre and Performance, Humanities Magazine for the National Endowment for the Humanities, and Cosmic Underground: A Grimoire of Black Speculative Discontent. He is a 2019 Regional Arts Council Fellow, a Tennessee Williams Scholar with the Tennessee Williams Theater Festival, and serves on the MLK Advisory Board with the Creative Exchange Lab.

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