A Conversation with Fulbrighter Dr. Jeffrey C. Stewart

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Date(s) - 02/25/21
1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

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Dr. Jeffrey C. Stewart, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Fulbright Scholar Alumnus to Italy, joins Dr. Joanne Braxton to discuss his most recent work, The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke (2018). Relying on extant primary sources including intimate personal correspondence, Dr. Stewart creates a vivid biographical account of the complex man many refer to as the father of the Harlem Renaissance. Dr. Stewart’s work expertly weaves together themes of artistic and cultural exchange, race, and international education- topics certainly relevant to the Fulbright Program. Join us for this special event as we recognize the accomplishments of Dr. Stewart and learn more about the life and times of Dr. Alain Locke.

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Jeffrey C. Stewart is the author of “The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke,” by Oxford University Press, 2018. It is one of the few books of history that has won the 2018 National Book Award for Nonfiction and the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Biography, along with five other national awards in history, biography, and gay nonfiction. Stewart attended graduate school at Yale University, where he received a M.A., M. Phil. and Ph.D. in American Studies. He now serves as Professor of Black Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara, after numerous fellowships, lectureships, and professorships at Harvard University, Yale University, UCLA, Tufts University, Howard University, George Mason University, and the University of Rome III, where he was Fulbright Lecturer in American Studies in 2003. “The New Negro,” concluded The New York Times, “is a master class in how to trace the lineage of a biographical subject’s ideas and predilections. The attachment and longing Locke experienced in relationships with his mother, friends and lovers exerted as much influence on his work as the texts he read and lectures he attended. One finishes Stewart’s book haunted by the realization that this must be true for us all.”


Joanne Braxton, PhD is Frances L. and Edwin L. Cummings Professor of the Humanities Emerita at William & Mary (W&M) and a distinguished scholar of African American Literature and Culture. She is a former Fulbright Professor (Germany, Italy, France and Spain, 2001) and the proud mother of a Fulbright daughter, Mycah (Japan, 2018). More recently, Dr. Braxton has served as David B. Larson Fellow in Spirituality and Health at the Library of Congress John W. Kluge Center and is currently director of “Tree of Life: Black Faith Matters in a Time of Dual Pandemics,” a project sponsored by the Center for African-American Religion, Sexual Politics, and Social Justice at Columbia University and funded by the Henry Luce Foundation. In 2021 Dr. Braxton will deliver the 27th Annual Shallenberger Lecture, “On the Outrage of Black Mothers: Healing the Past in the Present” at the invitation of the Johns Hopkins Hospital Ethics Committee and the Berman Institute of Bioethics.

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