Carolyn Denard Keynote Speaker for Day-Long Symposium April 24


Carolyn Denard, founder and director of the Toni Morrison Society will visit DePauw University on Tuesday, April 24.  Denard will be discussing “Harlem on My Mind: Music, Narrative and meaning in Toni Morrison’s Jazz.”

At 11:30 a.m. Tuesday Professor Denard will join DePauw faculty members Samuel Autman and David Gellman and 2011 graduate Matt Rivera in a panel discussion in the social center at the Inn at DePauw.  Lunch will be provided and guests are asked to RSVP to

As a part of a day long symposium on blacks in the Midwest, Denard will also have a presentation that will take place at 7 p.m. in the  auditorium of the Richard E. Peeler Art Center. The event is free and open to the public.

“This talk will explore Toni Morrison’s use of black expressive cultural forms in her novels, focusing specifically on her expansive, thoughtful and provocative use of jazz structure in her novel, Jazz,” Denard notes. “The audience will listen to and analyze the structure of jazz compositions before an exploration of the ways in which Morrison mirrors and improvises on that structure in her novel.

Denard is associate provost for student success and strategic initiatives and the director of the Center for Student Success at Georgia College. She has also served as dean, assistant dean and associate dean at Connecticut College, Emory University and Brown University.


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