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Apr 20

7 p.m. @ Johnson Auditorium
Free

Poet, educator, advocate and National Book Award-winner Nikky Finney returns to her native city of Conway, S.C., to address the Conway and CCU communities in a keynote lecture for the Charles Joyner Institute for Gullah and African Diaspora Studies. Finney will present an inaugural reading of her poem commissioned by the Joyner Institute.

Finney’s national acclaim includes a 20-year tenure as the Guy Davenport Endowed Professor of English at the University of Kentucky; since 2013, Finney has been the John H. Bennett Jr. Endowed Professor of Creative Writing and Southern Letters at the University of South Carolina, with appointments in both the Department of English Language and Literature and the African American Studies program. Her 2011 acceptance speech for the National Book Award for Poetry — awarded for Head Off & Split — has become nationally renowned and is on display along with her work in both print and video form at the African American Museum of History and Culture in Washington, D.C.

The Joyner Institute examines the historical migration and scattering of African populations to local geographical areas and the subsequent evolution of blended cultures, specifically Gullah. The work of the institute provides students with experiential learning opportunities, both at home and abroad, that center on interconnections among local, national, and global peoples and their societies.

Contact 843-349-ARTS (2787) for additional information