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Schramm to Present at Black New England Conference

May 29, 2009

Professor of English Margaret Schramm has been chosen to serve as a speaker at this year’s Black New England Conference June 12-13 at the University of New Hampshire in Durham.

Schramm will present her paper The Impact of Colorism on Dorothy West’s Mother-Daughter Relationships, exploring color complexes and prejudices in West’s fiction about black families. Schramm argues that West is a literary foremother of later writers such as Toni Morrison and Alice Walker, who also treated color hierarchies within African American families.

Schramm will present alongside professors from Townson University, University of Massachusetts, and the University of Pennsylvania. Her archival research was supported by a Hartwick Faculty Research Grant.

The two-day Black New England Conference will bring together scholars, teachers, and researchers to share their work on the Black experience in New England, both past and present. Participants will explore contemporary and historic interactions among Black and Indigenous communities, immigrant experiences, the presence of “passing,” mixed-race individuals, and the more recent immigrant experience.

At Hartwick, Schramm’s courses focus on modern British, American ethnic, and women’s literature. She is a past recipient of both the Margaret B. Bunn Award for Outstanding Teaching and the Hartwick Teacher-Scholar Award. Her publications include articles on Ellen Gilchrist, Gus Lee, Toni Morrison, Grace Paley, and Alice Walker, and her current research interests center on Virginia Woolf’s fiction.

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