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Written/UnwrittenDiversity and the Hidden Truths of Tenure$
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Patricia A. Matthew

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781469627717

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469627717.001.0001

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Building a Canon, Creating Dialogue

Building a Canon, Creating Dialogue

An Interview with Cheryl A. Wall

(p.46) Building a Canon, Creating Dialogue

Rashida L. Harrison

University of North Carolina Press

Rashida Harrison recounts her conversation with Cheryl Wall, the Board of Governor's Zora Neal Hurston Professor of English at Rutgers University, whose career has both shaped and followed the contours of the rise of African American literary studies. In the early 1970s, when Wall joined the faculty at Rutgers, discourses and methodology about African American literature were in their formative stages. Wall simultaneously broke new ground in the classroom and in the field. As Harrison notes, in addition to her groundbreaking scholarship, Wall has made significant contributions to diversity efforts in collaboration with the Ford Foundation and her work with Rutgers English Diversity Institute, which aims to encourage undergraduates from underrepresented communities to consider graduate studies in English.

Keywords:   mentorship, African-American studies, diversity instititatives, Ford Foundation, minority recruitment

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