Howard University Conference/Seminar: A Celebration of the Centennial of Léon Damas

The Department of World Languages and Cultures at Howard University presents a Conference/Seminar: A Celebration of the Centennial of Léon Damas. The keynote address—”In Search of Negritude: A Writer’s Personal Journey”—will be delivered by Guadeloupean writer Maryse Condé.

The events will be held on Thursday, April 5, 2012, at Armour J. Blackburn University Center Auditorium, 2397 Sixth Street, N.W., in Washington, DC.

Léon Damas (Cayenne, French Guiana, March 28, 1912 – Washington DC, USA, January 22, 1978) was a co-founder of the Negritude movement together with Aimé Césaire and Leopold Senghor. He was an internationally renowned poet and a professor at Georgetown University and Howard University.

Co-sponsors: The Department of World Languages and Cultures with the Departments of Afro-American Studies, History and Sociology/Anthropology.

[Many thanks to Peter Jordens for bringing this item to our attention.]

For more information, you may call (202) 238-2328 or see http://www.howard.edu/calendar/main.php?calendarid=coas&view=event&eventid=1331349673385&timebegin=2012-04-05+00%3A00%3A00

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