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Release: Nov. 6, 2002

Ellison scholars celebrate 50th anniversary of ‘Invisible Man’ Nov. 8 at UI

Ralph Ellison only published one novel, but his influence is equal to or greater than many of the great writers of American literature. His "Invisible Man" was a national bestseller for 16 weeks after its publication in April 1952, won the 1953 National Book Award and has been translated into 17 languages.

Now on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the novel's publication, three of the nation's leading Ellison scholars will gather at the University of Iowa on Friday, Nov. 8 for a panel discussion, "Invisible Man at 50." The discussion begins at 4 p.m. in room 704 Jefferson Building and is free and open to the public.

Horace Porter, professor and chair of African American world studies in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will moderate the discussion. His "Jazz Country: Ralph Ellison in America" was published in 2001. He will be joined by Jerry Watts, professor of American studies and political science at Trinity College, and Lawrence Jackson, assistant professor of English at Emory University.

Watts is the author of "Heroism and the Black Intellectual: Ralph Ellison, Politics and Afro-American Intellectual Life," (1994), and Jackson is the author of "Ralph Ellison: Emergence of Genius,"(2002).

This panel is sponsored by the departments of American studies and African American world studies. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please call 335-0320.