The Center for Faculty Innovation and the Furious Flower Poetry Center are pleased to present three opportunities to engage with the edited collection, Teaching Black: The Craft of Teaching on Black Life and Literature and to discuss infusing inclusive content into the classroom.

Teaching Black: Virtual Book Discussion (Online Faculty Community)

Participants will discuss the book and reflect on experiences including content from diverse perspectives in the classroom and the positive impact on the learning environment. Facilitated by Lauren K. Alleyne, Furious Flower Poetry Center.

Monday, October 17 from 1:30-3:30 pm / Event Details

Teaching Black: Panel Discussion (Online Scholarly Talk)

Ana-Maurine Lara, drea brown, and Lauren K. Alleyne will share excerpts from the edited collection and facilitate a discussion with participants.

Monday, October 18 from 10:30-12 noon / Event Details

Teaching Black: BIPOC Faculty and Graduate Student Workshop (Onine Workshop)

In a “jam session” with BIPOC faculty and graduate students, editors Ana-Maurine Lara and drea brown will invite participants to engage with concepts and strategies drawn from the Teaching Black collection and then draw on shared experiences and knowledge to strengthen their curricular vocabulary for teaching on Black life and literature.

Tuesday, October 18 from 1:30-3:30 pm / Event Details

Presenters Bios 

Lauren K. Alleyne is a Professor of English at James Madison University and the Executive Director of the Furious Flower Poetry Center.
drea brown is a poet-scholar and author of dear girl: a reckoning, winner of the Gold Line Press 2014 chapbook prize. brown’s forthcoming book, Conjuring the Haint: The Haunting Poetics of Black Women is concerned with haunting and grief, and the impact of these states of being on Black women’s lives and literature.
Ana-Maurine Lara is a national award-winning novelist, poet, and scholar. She is the author of Erzulie’s SkirtKohnjehr Woman, and When the Sun Once Again Sang to the People. Her academic books include Queer Freedom: Black Sovereignty and Streetwalking: LGBTQ Lives and Protest in the Dominican Republic. Lara’s work focuses on questions of Black and Indigenous freedom.

We want this program to be welcoming, accessible, and inclusive for all of our participants. If space is provided, please describe any considerations (e.g., disability, wellness, cultural, etc.) you want us to know about in the registration/application survey. You may also reach out to us at or (540)568-4846.

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