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Ralph Ellison Centennial Celebrated with Symposium

Oklahoma City University and the Oklahoma Humanities Council will host “Ellison at 100: A Centennial Symposium” from 12:30 to 5 p.m. March 8 to honor author Ralph Ellison. The symposium is free to the public and will be held in the Grand Ballroom at the Skirvin Hilton hotel at 1 Park Ave. downtown.

The event is part of the Ralph Ellison Centennial Celebration.

A native of Oklahoma City and author of the novel “Invisible Man,” Ellison is an internationally renowned award-winning writer, jazz critic and charter member of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The symposium will feature several nationally recognized scholars of literature, law, history and the arts to explore Ellison’s legacy. The guest scholars will include MacArthur “Genius Grant” recipient Danielle Allen; Al Brophy, author of “Reconstructing the Dreamland: The Tulsa Race Riot of 1921, Race Reparations, and Reconciliation”; biographer Arnold Rampersad; American literary scholar Eric Sundquist and independent jazz historian Todd Bryant Weeks.

The symposium will take place during the annual conference of the Society for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States.

For more information about the symposium or other Ralph Ellison centennial celebration events, visit the website at  or e-mail

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