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All Levels | One of the most celebrated writers in American English, Toni Morrison creates masterful and complicated narrative structures and employs neologisms to convey unspeakable things often left unspoken. We’ll look at the structure of Morrison’s masterpiece, Beloved (1987) — a narrative of enslaved Africans and their white enslavers — as an example for stories about loss, violence, memory, and healing. This class will be geared for general readers as well as teachers working with or thinking about working with this formative text.
Beginning Fall 2021, we will be adding select in-person classes back to our course catalog. The majority of our classes will still be offered via Zoom.
If a class says IN-PERSON in its title, it will take place in person at our permanent home in Seattle.
If a class says ASYNCHRONOUS in its title, it will take place on Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform.
If a class does not have a marker after its title, it will take place via Zoom.
Michele L. Simms-Burton, Ph.D. is a writer, instructional systems designer, scholar of African American and Africana studies, and a former tenured and university professor. She has held appointments as a professor at the University of Michigan, University of Rochester, Howard University, the University of Maryland University College, the George Washington University, and George Mason University. She also served as the Academic Dean for the Center for Talented Youth (CTY) at Johns Hopkins University. Her publications include flash guides, essays, book reviews, short stories, and poetry appearing in The Crisis Magazine, African Voices, DownBeat, DC Metro Theater Arts, For Harriet, Medium, Callisto Media, Joint Literary Studies, The Chronicles of Higher Education, The San Francisco Chronicle, the American Studies Journal of Turkey, the Hemingway Review, Callaloo, the Detroit Free Press, and the Detroit Women’s Voices, to name a few. She has served as a ghostwriter for various media outlets and individuals. She was the founding secretary-treasurer of the Toni Morrison Society and has co-chaired the Committee on Language and Literatures of People of Color in the Americas at the Modern Language Association (MLA). She has been a researcher and consultant on various film projects about African American culture, with her most recent contribution being a documentary about Sammy Davis Jr. to be aired on the American Masters program on PBS. She is also a radio commentator on “The Margins” hosted by E. Ethelbert Miller on WPFW in Washington, DC. She lectures on African American studies in Africa, Latin America, Europe, and the United States. Her current writing projects are a novel about the 1967 Detroit Rebellion and collection of short stories that unveils the suppressed, ignored, or silenced voices of historical Black women and girls.