Humanities scholar John F. Callahan, Ph.D., will discuss the life and work of Ralph Ellison during a free public lecture next month at Oklahoma City University.
“Ralph Ellison: A Meditation for His Centennial” will begin at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9 at OCU’s Walker Center for Arts and Sciences, located at Florida Ave. and N.W. 26th St.
Callahan, the Morgan S. Odell Professor of Humanities at Lewis & Clark College and Ellison’s literary executor, will discuss how Ellison’s work stood at the time of his death in 1994 and where it stands now after the five posthumous volumes and “Selected Letters” to come. Callahan is a specialist in 20th century American literature who has overseen the inclusion of Ellison’s papers in the Library of Congress and has fostered much of Ellison’s unpublished work into publication.
Callahan is the author of “In the African-American Grain: the Pursuit of Voice in Twentieth-Century Black Fiction” and is the editor of most of Ellison’s posthumously published works.
The lecture is sponsored by Oklahoma City University and is supported in part by the Oklahoma Humanities Council. For more information, call OCU English Professor Tracy Floreani at (405) 208-5707.