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An event hosted by the August Wilson Society, a part of the University Library System's From the Hill to the Stage: Celebrating the Opening of the August Wilson Archive and the August Wilson Society's Excavating New Critical Landscapes for August Wilson Studies colloquium.

Thursday, March 2, 2023

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

August Wilson African American Cultural Center

Registration is required (free).

This panel brings together scholars, artists, educators, and students to reflect on the personal, intellectual, and artistic import of the August Wilson Archive. Panelists will respond to materials they encounter in the collection and illuminate the ways they help deepen our understanding of Wilson’s life and work and its relation to the larger socio-historical record.



Eric M. Glover, PhD, is an assistant professor adjunct at David Geffen School of Drama at Yale University where he practices dramaturgy and dramatic criticism.


Omiyemi (Artisia) Green, MFA, is a director, dramaturg, and interdisciplinary scholar-artist. She is a Professor of Theater and Africana Studies at William and Mary and serves as the inaugural Executive Editor of the Black Theatre Review.


Victoria Nicole LaFave is a dramaturg, educator, and scholar. Victoria is a student in the PhD program in Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Pittsburgh and is pursuing a graduate certificate in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. Her research explores twentieth-century U.S. popular performance with a focus on queer studies, affect, and cultural memory.


Khalid Y. Long, PhD, is a scholar, dramaturg, and director specializing in African American/Black diasporic theatre, performance, and literature through the lenses of Black feminist/womanist thought, queer studies, and performance studies. He is an Assistant Professor of Theatre and African American Studies at the University of Georgia.


Ladrica Menson-Furr, PhD, researches contemporary African American dramatic literature and fiction. She is particularly interested in the works of August Wilson, Pearl Cleage, Zora Neale Hurston, and Colson Whitehead. She is the Assistant Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Director of African American Studies, and Associate Professor of English at the University of Memphis.



Isaiah Matthew Wooden, PhD, is a director-dramaturg, critic, and assistant professor of theater at Swarthmore College. A scholar of twentieth- and twenty-first-century African American art, drama, and performance, he has contributed more than forty articles and essays to scholarly and popular publications.

August Wilson African American Cultural Center is located at 980 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Metered on-street parking is available on surrounding streets. Parking is also available at Smithfield-Liberty Parking Garage (.2 miles from the Center).

Please email uls-events@pitt.edu with any questions or accessibility accommodation requests.

For other August Wilson Archive-related events, visit, pi.tt/AWCelebration.


Thursday, March 2, 2023
10:00am - 12:00pm
August Wilson Cultural Center
Registration has closed.

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University of Pittsburgh Library System ULS