Hidden Literacies symposium

Bringing together leading scholars of historical literacy from across the country, this day-long symposium investigates the surprising, often neglected roles reading and writing have played in the lives of marginalized Americans—from indigenous and enslaved people to prisoners and young children.

Sponsored by the Trinity College Department of English, organized and co-edited by Christopher Hager and Hilary Wyss, “Hidden Literacies” will become a digital anthology later in 2019.

Program – Friday, April 5, 2019

(unless otherwise noted, all events are in the Reese Room, Smith House, on the Trinity College campus at 123 Vernon Street, Hartford CT)

8:30-9:00 — breakfast

9:00-10:30 — Panel 1
Katy Chiles (Univ. of Tennessee), “Phillis Wheatley, Amanuensis”
Matt Cohen (Univ. of Nebraska), “Walt Whitman’s Baby Talk”
Andrew Newman (SUNY-Stony Brook), “‘Permit Us to Speak Plainly’: The 1849 Munsee Petition to Zachary Taylor”
Karen Sánchez-Eppler (Amherst College), “Chit Chat: Juvenile Journalism and Genocide”

10:45-12:15 — Panel 2
Tara Bynum (Hampshire College), “Cesar Lyndon Was Here”
Caroline Wigginton (Univ. of Mississippi), “Visions, Versions, and Deeds of Creek Sovereignty in Coosaponakeesa’s Memorials”
Kelly Wisecup (Northwestern Univ.), “Accounting for Occom”

12:30-2:00 — Lunch, Hamlin Hall

2:15-3:45 — Panel 3
Ellen Cushman (Northeastern Univ.), “Letters and Characters: Letter from Walter Duncan to Dollie Duncan from the Oklahoma State Penitentiary”
Jodi Schorb (Univ. of Florida), “Writing the Prison: Congregate Literacy in the New York Penitentiary”
Margaret Noodin (Univ. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee),  “Gaa-Gikendaanaawaa Aaziminakiing Ge-Mikwendamowaad 1900: Stories of Paw Paw Places As Recalled in 1900”
Phillip Round (Univ. of Iowa), “Thoughts on Some ‘Outlandish Characters’ and a Kickapoo Liturgy”

4:00-5:30 — tour of the Watkinson Library with Wine and Cheese reception (Raether Library and Information Technology Center, level A)