ALA 2016 Panels

Saturday, May 28, 2016 5:10-6:30 pm.  Session 21-H
Roundtable Discussion: Ralph Ellison’s Flying Home Stories.  Organized by the Ralph Ellison Society
Moderator: Lena Hill, University of Iowa

  1. Marc Conner, Washington and Lee University
  2. John Callahan, Lewis and Clark College
  3. Adam Bradley, University of Colorado at Boulder
  4. Lena Hill, University of Iowa
  5. Tessa Roynon, Oxford University
  6. M. Cooper Harriss, Indiana University

Sunday, May 29, 2016 8:30-9:50 am. Session 22-E
Ralph Ellison: Notes from the Archive Organized by the Ralph Ellison Society
Chair: John Callahan, Lewis and Clark College, emeritus

  1. “Above the Veil: Nathan A. Scott, Jr. and the Theological Apprenticeship of Ralph Ellison,” M. Cooper Harris, Indiana University
  2. “Archival Approaches to Teaching Invisible Man,” Alex Corey, University of Colorado at Boulder
  3. “Bliss, Proteus and Rinehart: The Shapeshifting Trickster Heroes in the Books that Ellison Read,” Tessa Roynon, Oxford University
  4. “After the Shooting Started: Ralph Ellison’s Political Vision in Post-Ferguson America,” Kevin Moore, UC Santa Barbara

11:30 am-12:50 pm:  Business Meeting of the Ralph Ellison Society


ALA 2014 next week!

We’re eager for next week’s American Literature Association conference, with 2 major Ellison panels, a second Ellison Seminar at the Library of Congress, and our annual Society business meeting.  All info for the ALA conference can be found here:

If you have any questions about the Ellison Society work at ALA, please email Marc Conner at


ALA 2014 panels are set!

Our panels for the 2014 ALA conference are now set–all sessions will take place on Friday, May 23rd (exact times TBA):

Ralph Ellison and the Question of Biography

Chair: Marc C. Conner, Washington & Lee University

1. “No Salvation in Europe: The Story of Ralph Ellison in Rome,” Benjamin E. de la Piedra, Columbia University

2. “Ellison and Malraux,” Kamila Louadj, University of Paris

3. “Ellison and ‘The History of Western Culture’: Life magazine 1947-48,” Tessa Roynon, Oxford University

4.  “‘Modulate, Daddy, Modulate!’  Polyrhythms and Metric Modulation in the Fiction of Ralph Ellison,” Michael Germana, West Virginia University.

Business Meeting Requested: immediately following panel if possible

Ralph Ellison and the Aesthetics of Culture

Chair: Adam Bradley, University of Colorado-Boulder

1. “What hast cast such a shadow upon you?”: Herman Melville’s Benito Cereno and the Sociopolitical Aesthetics of Racial Invisibility in Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man,” Bryan M. Santin, University of Notre Dame

2. “‘What Did I Do to Be So Black and Blue?’: Ralph Ellison, Mississippi Ham Rider, and the Search for an Individualized Blues Identity,” Kimberly Mack, UCLA

3. “Ralph Ellison, Caribbean Fiction, and the Literary Culture of the Bildungsroman,” Suzanne Roszak, Yale University

4. “Roberto Bolaño’s Invisible Man: ‘The Part about Fate’ and the Fate of Ralph Ellison,” Kevin Moore, UCSB