Past Events

10/6-7/2016 - 19th Century Workshop: Population

The nineteenth century turned the very old concept of “population” into a newly central actor in the realms of politics, arts, and science. This workshop aims to answer several pertinent questions: How did the concept vary in different national and professional contexts, and how did it interact with other rubrics of organization like race, nation, class, and gender? How did population cut across or reinforce the ideology and practice of slavery and empire? How adequately do our current theories account for nineteenth-century realities? And what legacies of nineteenth-century theories of populations are still with us today?

Co-Sponsored by the Center for Cultural Analysis, the Americanist Seminar, the Rutgers British Studies Center, the Department of English, the Department of History, and the Program in Comparative Literature.

2016 19th Century Workshop Brochure

12/06/2016 - Kara Walker in Conversation with Evie Shockley

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CCA and the Department of English co-present Cheryl Wall with the Chicago Humanities Festival

From the website of the Chicago Humanities Festival


Her Eyes Were Watching God


We all know and love Zora Neale Hurston as one of the great 20th-century writers. But she was not just a literary star. Trained as an anthropologist, she did pioneering fieldwork in the American South and the Caribbean. These travels became the foundation for her rich storytelling. Rutgers University English professor Cheryl Wall discusses Hurston’s unique blend of ethnography and literature.

This program is generously underwritten by Cassandra L. Book and presented in partnership with the Center for Cultural Analysis and the English Department at Rutgers University, New Brunswick.

Photograph from the Library of Congress

Speakers and Performers

Cheryl Wall

In 2008 Cheryl A. Wall was named the Zora Neale Hurston Professor of English at Rutgers University in recognition of her contributions to African American literary study in general and to Hurston studies in particular. The author of Worrying the Line: Black Women Writers, Lineage, and Literary Tradition and Women of the Harlem Renaissance, Wall has edited the Writings of Zora Neale Hurston in two volumes published by the Library of America, as well as two volumes of criticism on Hurston’s writings.

CHF Suggests      Related links and resources for further study

Leaders And Thinkers

Cheryl A. Wall
Faculty page at Rutgers University

Good Reads

Women of the Harlem Renaissance
Review in Diverse

Online Resources

Zora Neale Hurston
Official website