Austin Reed’s The Life and the Adventures of a Haunted Convict: A Symposium at Yale

Friday, March 4, 2016
Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall


10:45 am - 12:00 pm: Austin Reed’s Manuscript (Sterling Memorial Library International Room)

Melissa Barton, Curator for Prose and Drama, Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Library

Marie-France Lemay, Conservationist, Yale University Libraries



1:00 pm - 1:15 pm: Welcome

Caleb Smith, Yale University


1:15-2:30: Austin Reed and African American Literature

Louise Bernard, Ralph Applebaum Associates

Jeannine DeLombard, University of California, Santa Barbara

Moderator: Robert Stepto, Yale University


2:30 pm - 2:45 pm: Coffee Break


2:45 pm - 4:00 pm: Austin Reed and African American Captivity

Joy James, Williams College

Geoff Ward, University of California, Irvine

Moderator: David Blight, Yale University


4:00 pm - 4:30 pm: Concluding Roundtable

Louise Bernard, David Blight, Jeannine DeLombard, Joy James, Caleb Smith, Robert Stepto, Geoff Ward


4:30-5:30: Reception (Sterling Memorial Library Memorabilia Room)


Sponsored by the Beinecke Library, the Gilder Lehrman Center, the Department of English, and the Department of African American Studies