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Lecture at Stanford University

3 Oct

TheBlackBardPoster_SmallDigital Humanities scholar finds remnants of Hip-hop Poetics in Early American Poet, George Moses Horton.

Professor Cecil Brown (U C Berkeley scholar)  will lecture on George Moses Horton, an African American slave poet, who lived from 1798 to 1883. As a slave, Horton sold fruit to the students and learned to “spout” oral poems to the students for their girlfriends.

By extemporizing, he recited poems that students would write down, he was able to buy his way out of freedom, but his master wouldn’t depart with him. Professor Brown maintains that Digital Humanities can reveal the hidden treasuries of one of the most brilliant poet of Early American Culture.

The talk will be  on Thursday, Oct 10, 1 PM
Wallenberg Hall (Building 160)
Fourth Floor 433A
Stanford University

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