Johnson, nationally recognized novelist, short story writer, essayist
and cartoonist, will deliver the keynote address at PSU's annual
community-wide event celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr. The event is sponsored by Portland State University
and Oregon Public Broadcasting.
Charles Johnson, a scholar of African-American literature, first came to prominence as a political cartoonist. In 1970, he published a collection of cartoons that led to a television series on PBS. Johnson won the National Book Award in 1990 for Middle Passage, which embodies his provocative version of black literature and in 2003 published Turning the Wheel, a collection of essays about his experiences as an African-American Buddhist. He is currently the S. Wilson and Grace M. Pollock Endowed Professor of English at the University of Washington and is a MacArthur Fellow. He is also the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.
When: Monday, February 19, 2007 from noon-1:30 p.m.
Where: PSU's Multicultural Center, SMSU room 228 (1825 SW Broadway)
Cost: Free. Light refreshments will be provided.
For more information, call 503-725-5342.