LAWRENCE — Ayesha Hardison, the Fall 2014 Langston Hughes Visiting Professor, will present “Of Maids and Ladies: The Ethics of Living Jane Crow” at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, in the Kansas Room of the Kansas Union. The lecture is free and open to the public, and a reception will follow in the Malott Room.
Hardison is an associate professor of English at Ohio University, where she teaches courses in African-American literature. Her first book, "Writing through Jane Crow: Race and Gender Politics in African American Literature" (American Literatures Initiative, University of Virginia Press, 2014), examines representations of African-American women during the World War II/pre-modern Civil Rights era and the politics of black literary production during that period.
The Langston Hughes Visiting Professorship was established at the University of Kansas in 1977 in honor of the African-American poet, playwright and fiction writer who lived in Lawrence from 1903 to 1916. The professorship brings a prominent or emerging minority scholar to KU for one semester each year.
Hardison is serving as a visiting professor in the Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Earning her doctorate in English from the University of Michigan, Hardison has received fellowships and awards from The National Academies Ford Foundation, the Black Metropolis Research Consortium in Chicago and the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute in African-American literature at Pennsylvania State University. She is currently a junior fellow in the Charles J. Ping Institute for the Teaching of the Humanities at Ohio University.
More information on the Langston Hughes Visiting Professorship, including a complete list of past recipients, is available online.