Marlboro College

News Award-Winning Author discusses Harlem Renaissance, February 21

MARLBORO, VT - (February 14, 2011) - As part of Marlboro College's celebration of Black History month, author Emily Bernard will be discussing the power and potential of interracial friendships through the historical lens of the Harlem Renaissance on Monday, February 21 at 7:00pm in Ragle Hall.

Bernard will discuss the dynamics between Carl Van Vechten, a controversial white patron of African American arts communities, and his black friends and protégés during the 1920s and beyond, including Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, and Nella Larsen. Van Vechten is the subject of Bernard's forthcoming book from Yale University Press, Carl Van Vechten: A Life in Black in White.

Emily Bernard earned the New York Times Notable Book of the Year in 2001 for Remember Me to Harlem: the Letters of Langston Hughes and Carl Van Vechten and Bernard's Some of My Best Friends: Writers on Interracial Friendships, was chosen by the New York Public Library as a "Book for the Teen Age" in 2004. Her essays have been published in The American Scholar, Best American Essays, Best African American Essays, and Best of Creative Non-Fiction. Emily Bernard is currently Associate Professor of English and ALANA U.S. Ethnic Studies at the University of Vermont.

Images available upon request. For more information, contact the Marlboro College Public Relations department at 802-251-7644 or In case of inclement weather, call the Marlboro College Events line at 802-451-7151.

For over 60 years, Marlboro College has offered undergraduate education in the liberal arts and, since 1997, master's degree programs for working adults in the areas of educational technology, internet technologies, health care administration and an MBA in Managing for Sustainability. Its 330 undergraduate students enjoy an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 300-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont.




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