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Ralph Ellison and Race in America 2/9

Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

"Whatever else the true American is, he is also Black."

John Callahan will explore race in America through author Ralph Ellison’s work - fiction, essays, and letters.

Lewis & Clark College Morgan S. Odell Professor Emeritus of Humanities, and Literary Executor to the Ralph Ellison Estate, Callahan earned his BA from the University of Connecticut and his M.A. and PhD from the University of Illinois. Callahan joined the faculty at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon in 1967 and taught there for 48 years, retiring in 2015.

Callahan, a close friend to the Ellison family, was named Literary Executor to the Ralph Ellison Estate by Ellison’s widow, Fanny McConnell Ellison, following Ralph’s death in 1994. The collection includes: an extensive amount of material by Ralph Ellison in facsimile, including copies of the collected correspondence of Ellison, the originals of which rest at the Library of Congress; numerous rare original publications containing Ellison work; copies of many of Ellison’s earliest stories and drafts; and translations of Ellison texts in over 20 languages.

Information and photo below courtesy of Lewis & Clark College articles The Visible Man by Ben Waterhouse, and the John F. Callahan Literary Archives Announcement

Callahan and Ralph Ellison at the author's summer home in Plainfield, Massachusetts, circa 1985.