The Cleveland Humanities Collaborative will host a themed seminar titled “Reading Social Justice: The Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards” June 10–14 at Case Western Reserve University. The seminar is sponsored jointly by the Cleveland Humanities Collaborative, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, Writers House at CWRU, Cuyahoga Community College and the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities.
The seminar will use the 2019 winning authors of the Anisfield-Wolf book awards as a platform for dialogue and developing strategies for using Anisfield-Wolf texts in pedagogy and educational outreach. In addition to discussing how these texts engage race/ethnicity and history, seminar participants will consider how different genres—poetry, fiction and non-fiction—contribute to how we teach and have productive dialogue on our history and complex social issues.
The Anisfield-Wolf book awards recipients for 2019 are:
- Andrew Delbanco for The War Before the War: Fugitive Slaves and the Struggle for America’s Soul from the Revolution to the Civil War (nonfiction);
- Tommy Orange for There There (fiction)
- Tracy K. Smith for Wade in the Water (poetry); and
- Sonia Sanchez for lifetime achievement.
Faculty, staff and PhD students at northeastern Ohio universities and full-time staff and faculty from regional educational, arts and culture institutions are eligible to participate in the seminar.