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Conference Panels

Each year, the Langston Hughes Society organizes a number of panels at the College Language Association, Modern Language Association, South Atlantic Modern Language Association, and American Literature Association. Provided below is the list of panels organized across the years.

2019 LHS CONFERENCE PANELS

 

 

2019 College Language Association Annual Conference

"Engaging Art: Langston Hughes and Artistic Activism"

Chair: Richard Hancuff (Misericordia University)

Jason Miller (North Carolina State University)

“The Scottsboro Case: ‘August 19th’ and Clarence Norris”

Carla R. Sarratt (Lincoln University)

"Free Within Ourselves: Children’s Authors as Activists"

Paula Hayes (University of Memphis)

"‘Half of My Heart is in Havana’: Langston Hughes in Cuba"

 

2019 Modern Language Association Annual Convention

"Textual Transactions in the Literature of the Harlem Renaissance Era and Beyond"

Chair: Tara Green (University of North Carolina-Greensboro)

Dean Casale (Kean Univeristy)

"Forgetting the Blues: Selective Memory and Race Identity in The New Negro"

Wenwen Guo (Emory University)

"Black Writing: The Negro Artist in Passing"

Rachel Heffner-Burns (Lehigh University)

"Celebrating a Sacred, Inner Thing: The Singing Strong Black Women of Langston Hughes’s Verse"

John Wharton Low (University of Georgia)

"Stylin’ and Signifyin’ in Hughes’s Little Ham"

2018 LHS CONFERENCE PANELS

2018 American Literature Association Annual Conference

“‘Hold[ing] Fast to Dreams’: Tracing the Literary Legacy and Cultural Critique of Langston Hughes”

Chair: Jeffrey R. Williams (University of Central Missouri)

Luo Lianggong (Central China Normal University)

“The Transnational Social Space in Langston Hughes’s ‘Cubes’”

Scarlett Higgins (University of New Mexico)

“Langston Hughes’s Literary Legacy: The Case of Haryette Mullen’s Muse & Drudge”

Christopher Allen Varlack (University of Maryland-Baltimore County)

“‘Regardless of the Brutality that Still Chases Us’: The ‘Radical Libretto[s]’ of Nikky Finney and Langston Hughes” 

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2018 American Literature Association Annual Conference

"There’s a Shakespeare in Harlem: Reassessing the Politics and Aesthetics of Langston Hughes"

Chair: Christopher Allen Varlack (University of Maryland-Baltimore County)

James D. Hoff (Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY)

“Whitewashing a Black Socialist Masterpiece: The Liberal Appropriation of Langston Hughes’ ‘Let America be America Again’”

Paula Hayes (University of Memphis)

“Open Letter to America: The Lyrical Speaking Voice as Prophetic Protest in Hughes’ ‘Open Letter to the South’ and ‘Let American Be America Again’”

Jeffrey R. Williams (University of Central Missouri)

“Poetry as Public Lament: The Prophetic Imagination of Langston Hughes”

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2018 College Language Association Annual Conference

"'Social Disconnect Helps to Fan the Flames of Bigotry': A Roundtable on the Poetry of Resistance and Social Justice"

Chair: Barbra Chin (Howard University)

Christopher Allen Varlack (University of Maryland, Baltimore County)

doris davenport (Independent Scholar)

Cheryl Hopson (Western Kentucky University)

Sharon Lynette Jones (Wright State University)

Dellita Martin-Ogunsola (Emerita, University of Alabama at Birmingham)

Aldon Lynn Nielsen (Pennsylvania State University)

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2018 Modern Language Association Annual Convention

"'Let America Be America Again': Probing Hughes' Engagement with the Lower Class, the Immigrant,
and the Economically Disadvantaged"

Chair: Wallis Baxter III (Howard University)

Theodora Sakellarides (Lebanon Valley College)

"A Song of Bitter Rivers: Langston Hughes' Gothic America"

Christian Bancroft (University of Houston)

"'Va por el mundo Gustavo siempre adelante, adelante': The Politics of Becoming in Langston Hughes’s Translations of Nicolás Guillén"

Richard Hancuff (Misericordia University)

"'My God, I Says, You Can't Live That Way!': Langston Hughes and the 'Low-Down Folks'"

Amritjit Singh (Ohio University)

"A Vision of Race, Caste, and Class in Langston"

2017 LHS CONFERENCE PANELS

2017 South Atlantic Modern Language Association Annual Convention

"Transgressing Artistic Borders: The High/Low Portrayal of the African-American Experience in the Works of Langston Hughes and His Contemporaries"

Chair: Tara T. Green (University of North Carolina, Greensboro)

Verner D. Mitchell (University of Memphis)

"High and Low Art: Langston Hughes and His Peers"

Jeffrey R. Williams (University of Central Missouri)

"The Blues as Secular Spirituals: Langston Hughes and the Poetry of Redemption"

Rebecca Goodson (University of Wyoming)

"'The rhythm of life is a jazz rhythm': Musical Consciousness in Langston Hughes’ The Weary Blues and Toni Morrison’s Jazz"

Cynthia Davis (San Jacinto College)

"Transgressing Artistic Borders: Langston Hughes in the USSR, 1932"

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2017 Modern Language Association Annual Convention

"Langston Hughes and His Influences: Twenty-First Century Perspectives"

Chair: Tara T. Green (University of North Carolina, Greensboro)

Shima Jalal Kamali (University of Sussex)

"'Tomorrow's Seed': Langston Hughes' Influence on Black Women Writers"

Tara T. Green (University of North Carolina, Greensboro)

"Langston Hughes and Renaissance Women"

Sharon Lynette Jones (Wright State University)

"Reconsidering Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson: Analyzing Connections to Langston Hughes' Texts"

2016 LHS CONFERENCE PANELS

2016 Modern Language Association Annual Convention

"I Wonder as I Wander: New Approaches to Langston Hughes"

Chair: Tara T. Green (University of North Carolina, Greensboro)

Tracy Denean Sharpley-Whiting (Vanderbilt University)

"Hughes and the Paris Transfer, 1919-39"

W. Jason Miller (North Carolina State University)

"Origins of the Dream: Langston Hughes's Poetry and Martin Luther King's Speeches"

Rachel Heffner-Burns (Lehigh University)

"'Most Holy Bastard of the Bledding Mouth': Christian Narrative and Racialized Violence in Langston Hughes's 'Christ in Alabama'"

 

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2016 College Language Association Annual Conference

 

"The Poetic Influences of Langston Hughes"

Chair: Tara T. Green (University of North Carolina, Greensboro)

Jean-Philippe Maroux (Université Laval, Québec)

"'Gonna Be Some Sweets Sound Coming Down': Langston Hughes and the Umbra Poets"

Liangong Luo (Central China Normal University)

"Sound Experiment: From Langston Hughes to Amiri Baraka"

Sharon Lynette Jones (Wright State University)

"Writing Across Centuries: Jacqueline Woodson's brown girl dreaming and the Poetry of Langston Hughes"

Christopher Allen Varlack (University of Maryland, Baltimore County)

"'Let America Be America Again': Echoes of Hughes in Claudia Rankine's Citizen: An American Lyric"

 

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2016 South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference

 

"From the Harlem Renaissance and Beyond: Mapping Gendered and Racial Identities"

Chair: Gordon Thompson (The City College of the City University of New York)

Verner Mitchell (University of Memphis)

"Langston Hughes and the 1930s: From Harlem to the USSR"

Paula Hayes (Southwest Tennessee Community College)

"T.S. Eliot's 'Objective Correlative' and Langston Hughes' Dystopic Lyrical Voice: A Comparison Between Eliot's High Modernism and Hughes' Afro-Modernism"

Gordon Thompson (The City College of the City University of New York)

"Harlem and New York: Hughes and Baldwin"

Corinne Andersen (William Peace University)

"'The Cosmic Zora Emerges': The Transcendence of Class, Race, and Gender (and Other Utopian Fantasies in Zora Neale Hurston's 'How It Feels to be Colored Me.'"

 

2015 LHS CONFERENCE PANELS

 

2015 Modern Language Association Annual Convention

"Negotiating Sites of Memory in Langston Hughes’s Writings"

Sharon Lynette Jones (Wright State University)
 

Shaundra Myers (Northwestern University)

"Remembering Jim Crow Elsewhere in Langston Hughes's I Wonder as I Wander"

Sheila Lloyd (University of Redlands)

"'Color[ed] around the Globe': The Jim Crow Car as a Site of Memory and Identification in Langston Hughes"

Jurgen E. Grandt (University of North Georgia)

"'For a Moment, I Wondered': Mnemonic Flanerie in Langston Hughes's I Wonder as I Wander"

Shane D. Graham (Utah State University)

"The Haitian Slave Revolt in the Works of Langston Hughes"

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2015 College Language Association Annual Conference

"Me and Langston Hughes: Freedom, Resistance, and Transnational Identities--A Roundtable"

Tara T. Green (University of North Carolina, Greensboro)

Sharon Lynette Jones (Wright State University)

Doris Davenport (Stillman College)

Dellita Martin-Ogunsola (University of Alabama, Birmingham)

Ladrica Menson-Furr (University of Memphis)

Wallis Baxter III (Howard University)

 

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2015 South Atlantic Modern Language Association Annual Conference

"The Works of Langston Hughes: Literature and the Other Arts"

Tara T. Green (University of North Carolina, Greensboro)

W. Jason Miller (North Carolina State University)

"The Origins of Martin Luther King's First Dreams: Langston Hughes's 'Dream Deferred' and 'I Dream a World'"

Shima Jalal Kamali (University of Sussex)

"Looking at the World through the Lens of a Poet: Langston Hughes and Photography"

Letitia I. Guran (North Carolina A & T State University)

"Engaging Ideological Constraints: Langston Hughes Between Film and Text in the Soviet Union and the U.S."

2014 LHS CONFERENCE PANELS

2014 Modern Language Association Annual Convention

 

"Langston Hughes's Poetry in Vulnerable Times"

Chair: Sharon Lynette Jones (Wright State University)

Seth Perlow (Oklahoma State University, Stillwater)

"Time to Improvise: Hughes, Jazz, Politics"

Jang Wook Huh (Columbia University)

"Langston Hughes, Koreans, and the Commensurate Vulnerability"

Evelyn Scaramella (Manhattan College)

"'In the Darkness of Her Broken Clocks / Madrid Cries NO!': Translation and Intertextuality in Langston Hughes's Spanish Civil War Poetry"

Julius Fleming (University of Pennsylvania)

"'Go Slow Now': Vulnerability, Civil Rights, and the Poetics of Time in Langston Hughes's The Panther and the Lash"

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2014 College Language Association Annual Conference

"The Writings of Langston Hughes: Pathway and Portico to Circum-Caribbean Literature"

Chair: Sharon Lynette Jones (Wright State University)

Carmaletta Williams (Johnson County Community College)

John Edgar Tidwell (University of Kansas)

"Agony and Ecstasy: Recovering Family in My Dear Boy"

Dellita Martin-Ogunsola (University of Alabama, Birmingham)

"The Musico-Poetry of Langston Hughes: Pathway and Portico to Circum-Caribbean Verse"

Lianggong Luo (Central China Normal University)

"Call and Response: Langston Hughes and Derek Walcott in the Blues Spirit"

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2014 South Atlantic Modern Language Association Annual Conference

"Sustainable Black Communities and New Approaches to the Life and Work of Langston Hughes"

Chair: Donna Akiba Sullivan Harper (Spelman College)

Carolyn Grimstead (Long Island University Post)

"Langston Hughes and Edward P. Jones, American Short Story Writers"

Christopher Allen Varlack (University of Maryland, Baltimore County)

"Crossing The Big Sea: Explorations in Langston Hughes and the Sustainability of the African-American Autobiographical Tradition"

2013 LHS Conference Panels

2013 Modern Language Association Annual Convention

"New Approaches to Teaching Langston Hughes's Writings"

Chair: Tara T. Green (University of North Carolina, Greensboro)

Donna Akiba Sullivan Harper (Spelman College)

"Using Archival Newspapers to Help Students Contextualize the Simple Stories"

W. Jason Miller (North Carolina State University)

"Teaching from Primary Sources: The Publication and Performances of 'August 19th'"

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2013 College Language Association Annual Conference

"Border Crossings: Langston Hughes in the International Context"

Chair: Sharon Lynette Jones (Claflin University and Wright State University)

John Lowe (University of Georgia)

"From Harlem to Haiti: Mutual Influences of Langston Hughes and Jacques Roumain"

Brian Dolinar (University of Illinois)

"A Black Poet Looks at the World: Langston Hughes's Anti-Facist Reporting during the Spanish Civil War"

Dellita Martin-Ogunsola (University of Alabama, Birmingham)

"Borders, Boundaries and Barriers in Langston Hughes's Blood Wedding and Federico Garcia Lorca's Bodas de Sangre"
 

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2013 South Atlantic Modern Language Association Annual Conference

"The Cultural History of Langston Hughes: an Omni-media Investigation"

Chair: Donna Akiba Sullivan Harper (Spelman College)

Lillian Schanfield (Barry University)

"Translating Langston Hughes into Yiddish"

Ramona Tougas (University of Oregon)

"Plays, Pamphlets, Songs, and Banners of Revolution: Transnational Presence in Harvest"

Gordon E. Thompson (The City College of New York)

"The Sound they Saw: Music, a Third and Hidden Media in the Photo-Text The Sweet Flypaper of Life"

2012 LHS Conference Panels

2012 Modern Language Association Annual Convention

"Reading Langston Hughes in the Age of Barack Obama"

Chair: Sharon Lynette Jones (Wright State University)

W. Jason Miller (North Carolina State University)

"Invisible Hughes: Barack Obama's 2008 Democratic National Convention Acceptance Speech"

Nathaniel Mills (California State University, Northridge)

"Postmodern, Postracial African American Radicalism: Reading The Big Sea in Obama's Nation"

Andrew Yerkes, Nanyang Technological University)

"In Search of Sun: Self-Fashioning in the Autobiographies of Langston Hughes and Barack Obama"

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2012 American Literature Association Annual Conference

"Langston Hughes and Literary Radicalism"

Chair: Nathaniel Mills (California State University, Northridge)

John Lowney (St. John's University)

"Langston Hughes, Afro-Modernism, and the Cold War Politics of Jazz"

Sarah Ehlers (University of Michigan)

"Langston Hughes's Photographs of Haiti: Scrapbooking the Subject in Interwar Poetry"

Anne Donlon (The Graduate Center, City University of New York)

"Dear Sis: Women Activists, Spain, and the Epistolary Poetics of Langston Hughes"

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2012 South Atlantic Modern Language Association Annual Conference

"Text as Memoir: Tales of Travel, Immigration, and Exile in the Writings of Langston Hughes"

Chair: Tara T. Green (University of North Carolina, Greensboro)

Michael L. Schroeder (Savannah State University)

"The Mexico of Langston Hughes"

Jason Miller (North Carolina State University)

"Langston Hughes in Nigeria: November 1960"

2011 LHS Conference Panels

2011 Modern Language Association Annual Convention

"Satire, Wit, and Humor in the Works of Langston Hughes"

Chair: Sharon Lynette Jones (Wright State University)

Daniel Charles Morris (Purdue University, West Lafayette)

"'Go Home and Write a Page Tonight': Subversive Irony and Resistant Reading in 'Theme for English B'"

Koritha Mitchell (Ohio State University, Columbus)

"When Music Fails as a Universal Language: The Human Violin in Langston Hughes's 'Home'"

Donna Akiba Sullivan Harper (Spelman College)

"A Global Perspective of Jesse B. Semple: Echoes of 'Bop' in Ankara, Turkey"

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2011 College Language Association Annual Conference

"The Relationship Between Music and Literary Works by Langston Hughes"

Chair: Valerie Frazier (College of Charleston)

Valerie Frazier (College of Charleston)

"'Thy Black is Fairest in My Judgment's Place': Langston Hughes, Duke Ellington, Claude McKay, and Shakespeare's 'Dark Lady' Sonnets"

Michael Perry (Rockford College)

"Performing Blues: Experiencing Langston Hughes's Poetic Paradox"

Sam Hamilton (University of Florida)

“True Blue Blues People: Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston’s Prediction of LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka”

2009 LHS Conference Panels

2009 Modern Language Association Annual Convention

"Langston Hughes and Transnational Liberation: Aesthetic Overtures"

Chair: Dolan Hubbard (Morgan State University)

Sharon Lynette Jones (Wright State University)

"Literary Migrations: Transnationalism in the Poetry of Langston Hughes"

John T. Lowney (St. John's University, NY)

"Black Transnationalism and the Political Aesthetics of Ask Your Mama"

Tsitsi Jaji (University of Pennsylvania)

"Langston Hughes and the Stereo Acoustics of Global Black Solidarity"

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2009 Modern Language Association Annual Convention

"Langston Hughes and Transnational Liberation: Ideological Underpinnings"

Chair: Dellita L. Martin-Ogunsola (University of Alabama, Birmingham)

Tara T. Green (University of North Carolina, Greensboro)

"Langston Hughes: The Father of a World Black Consciousness Movement"

Karima K. Jeffrey (Hampton University)

"James Mercer Langston Hughes: 'Poet Laureate,' 'Dean' of Black American Writers, a Self-Proclaimed 'Literary Sharecropper,' 'Radical Socialist,' 'Cultural Ambassador,' and Possibly One of America's Earliest Postcolonial Thinkers"

Char Prieto (Califorina State University, Chico)

"Engagement in the Antifascist Movement and the Transnational Liberation of Minorities in the Literary Works of Langston Hughes"

2008 LHS Conference Panels

2008 Modern Language Association Annual Convention

"Langston Hughes, American Intellectuals, and the Loss of Civil Liberties
in the McCarthy Era: National Repercussions"

Chair: Dolan Hubbard (Morgan State University)

Sharynn Owens Etheridge (Claflin University)

"Langston Hughes's 'Literary Sharecropping' during the Cold War"

Kara Fontenot (University of Maryland, College Park)

"American Hysteria, Civil Liberties, and the Literary Left: Langston Hughes and Lorraine Hansberry"

Benjamin T. Foster (Southern Illinois University)

"Hughes's Scottsboro Literautre: Toward Socialist Postraciality"

Renita Lorden (Los Angeles, CA)

"Langston Hughes and the High Cost of Free Speech)

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2008 Modern Language Association Annual Convention

"Langston Hughes, American Intellectuals, and the Loss of Civil Liberties
​in the McCarthy Era: Global Dimensions"

Chair: Dellita L. Martin-Ogunsola (University of Alabama, Birmingham)

Char Prieto (California State University, Chico)

"The Spanish Civil War, Race, and the McCarthy Era in the Poetry of Langston Hughes"

Etsuko Taketani (University of Tsukuba)

"'Spies and Spiders': Langston Hughes, Agnes Smedley, and the Cold War in Asia"

Cedric R. Tolliver (University of Pennsylvania)

"Standing Together to Face Giants: African Diaspora Culture and the Cold War"

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2008 American Literature Association Annual Convention

"Langston Hughes and the Public Sphere: Lyric and/as Rhetoric"

Chair: Scarlett Higgins (University of New Mexico)

Seth Moglen (Lehigh University)

"Mourning and the Politics of Liberation"

Matthew Hofer (University of New Mexico)

"Fine Words"

Brian Reed (University of Washington)

"Visual Rhetoric in Ask Your Mama"

2007 LHS Conference Panels

2007 American Literature Association Annual Convention

"Langston Hughes's Audiences"

Chair: Scarlett Higgins (University of New Mexico)

Carmaletta Williams (Johnson County Community College)

"My Dear Boy"

John Lowney (St. John's University)

"Uncommon Ground"

John Edgar Tidwell (University of Kansas)

"The Sounds of Silence"

Matthew Hofer (University of New Mexico)

"More Valuable to the Party"

2006 LHS Conference Panels

2006 Modern Language Association Annual Convention

"Madam to You: Color, Sex, and Gender in Langston Hughes I"

Chair: Dolan Hubbard (Morgan State University)

Geoffrey Jacques (Lehman College, City University of New York)

"Ladies' Maids and Crap-Shooters: Myth, Genre, Archetype, and Stereotype in the Poems of Langston Hughes"

Nancy Kang (University of British Columbia)

"Redkskin Temptress, Indian Pearl? Reading Native Women in the Autobiographies of Langston Hughes and Richard Wright"

Reginald Martin (University of Memphis)

"Nonfictional Sexuality and Fictional Sex: Comparing Langston Hughes's Autobiographical Sex References in the Holograph of The Big Sea with the Sex of His Early Poems"

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2006 Modern Language Association Annual Convention

"Madam to You: Color, Sex, and Gender in Langston Hughes II"

Chair: Donna Akiba Sullivan Harper (Spelman College)

Chezi Brenda Thompson (Maryland Institute College of Art)

"The Mnemonic Checks Sexism and Racism in the Works of Langston Hughes"

Gary Holcomb (Emporia State University)

"Langston Unashamed: Radical Mythmaking in Hughes's 1930s Short Fiction"

Deborah Bailin (University of Maryland, College Park)

"Oceola Jones, Blue(s) Woman: Color and Gender in 'The Blues I'm Playing'"

Soyica Diggs (Stanford University)

"'Can I Get an Amen?': The African American Female Preacher in Langston Hughes's Tambourines to Glory"

2005 LHS Conference Panels

2005 Modern Language Association Annual Convention

"Langston Hughes: Writer without Borders I"

Chair: Dolan Hubbard (Morgan State University)

Sharynn Owens Etheridge (Tennessee State University)

"Diasporic Soundsin Langston Hughes's Mulatto"

Rebecca A. Walsh (Duke University)

"Langston Hughes's Terra Cinema: Reading Montage of a Dream Deferred Geopolitically"

Caroline C. Maun (Wayne State University)

"Darkness USA: Langston Hughes's Global Framing of the American Dilemma"

Maryemma Graham (University of Kansas)

"Knowing Langston: The Global Dimension of Friendship and Art as Seen through the Eyes of Margaret Walker"

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2005 Modern Language Association Annual Convention

"Langston Hughes: Writer without Borders II"

Chair: Dellita L. Martin-Ogunsola (University of Alabama, Birmingham)

Tara T. Green (Northern Arizona University)

"Fathering Africanness in Langston Hughes"

LIanggong Luo (Wuhan University of Technology)

"China as Langston Hughes's Metaphor for Humanity"

Dellita L. Martin-Ogunsola (University of Alabama, Birmingham)

"The Aesthetics of Cultural Transfer in Langston Hughes's Translations: Lorca, Guillen, and Roumain"

Joseph Downing Thompson (Washington University)

"The 'Subliminal Whisper': The Big Sea's Global Point of View"

2004 LHS Conference Panels

2004 Modern Language Association Annual Convention

"'I,Too, Am America': Langston Hughes and American Dream I"

Chair: Dolan Hubbard (Morgan State University)

Rita M. Colanzi (West Chester University)

"'They Send Me to Eat in the Kitchen': Langston Hughes's Language of Food as a Medium for Interrogating and Reimagining the American Dream"

Jeff W. Westover (Howard University)

"Double Vision and Double Discourse in Langston Hughes"

Laurence Emmanuel Prescott (Penn State University, University Park)

"'Yo tambien soy America: Latin American Receptions of Langston Hughes's American Dream"

Brian Dolinar (Claremont Graduate University)

"Langston Hughes in the New American Century"

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2004 Modern Language Association Annual Convention

"'I,Too, Am America': Langston Hughes and American Dream II"

Chair: Donna Akiba Sullivan Harper (Spelman College)

Dorothy Randall Tsuruta (San Francisco State University)

"Art for Life's Sake"

W. Jason Miller (Washington State University, Pullman)

"Finding Reassurance: Langston Hughes's "The Negro Speaks of Rivers"

Matthew R. Hofer (University of Chicago)

"Laughter, Blues, and the 'Good Folks Yelp': Langston Hughes and the Voices of Harlem"

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