The John Edgar Wideman Experience

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“La Danza del Garabato”

Slipper yRock University’s Afro-Colombian Dance Ensemble

Director: Melissa Teodoro, Featuring: Darrin Mosley

Choreographer: Luis Fernando Trouchón
Music/Composer: Adios Fulana by Totó la Momposina
Dr. James Swindal, Dean of McAnulty College at Duquesne University


Norman Conti, Assoc. Professor of Sociology at Duquesne University

Macharia McCoy reads Reflections by Robby “Faruq” Wideman

Laela Lumsden reads from Brothers & Keepers

Leon Ford reads from Writing to Save a Life: The Louis Till File


Presentation of The John Edgar Wideman Experience Video

Courtesy of Ya Momz House, Inc.



Slippery Rock University Dance Majors

Choreographer: Teena Custer

WordTheatre® Presents “Storytales”

Selections from Briefs: Stories for the Palm of the Mind

Created, Produced and Directed: Cedering Fox

Music: The Sankofa Village Drummers

Featuring: SRU Professor of Dance, Ursula Payne

Cast: Kevin Brown, Lamar K. Cheston, Rita Gregory, Safiya Harris, Wali Jamal, Tasheim Pack, Leslie Ezra Smith, Art Terry


The Sankofa Village Dancers and Drummers


“Mapalé Negro”
The Afro-Colombian Dance Ensemble

Director/Choreographer: Melissa Teodoro
Music/Composer: Prende la Vela by Totó la Momposina
Costume: Elena Ruiz


The HAT Co Band from Hope Academy of Music and the Arts will play during the reception.



John Edgar Wideman is the author of 21 works of fiction and nonfiction, including the award-winning Brothers and Keepers, Philadelphia Fire, and Fanon. The second African-American to be named a Rhodes Scholar, Wideman is the recipient of a MacArthur Genius grant, two PEN/Faulkner awards, and has been a finalist for the National Book Award and The National Books Critics Circle Award. His most recent book is Writing to Save a Life: The Louis Till File, a new, highly praised nonfiction work from Scribner. Wideman is the only writer to have been awarded the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction twice– once in 1984 for his novel Sent for You Yesterday and again in 1990 for Philadelphia Fire. In 1998, Wideman won the Rea Award for the short story, an award judged by Grace Paley, Tim O’Brien, and Gina Berriault (previous winners include John Cheever and Eudora Wefty). In 1990, he also received the American Book Award for Fiction. He was awarded the Lannan Literary Fellowship for Fiction in 1991 and the MacArthur Award in 1993. Other honors include the St. Botolph Literary Award (1993), the DuSable Museum Prize for Nonfiction for Brothers and Keepers (1985), the Longwood College Medal for Literary Excellence, and the National Magazine Editors’ Prize for Short Fiction (1987). In 1996, he edited the annual anthology The Best American Short Stories (Houghton Mifflin).

His articles on Malcolm X, Spike Lee, Denzel Washington, Michael Jordan, Emmett Till, Thelonius Monk, and women’s professional basketball have appeared in The New Yorker, Vogue, Esquire, Emerge, and the New York Times Magazine. Wideman also taught for many years as professor of English at Brown University, the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and He has spent his life writing eloquently about the terror and hope, the promise and peril, of the African-American experience.