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FB Eyes: How J Edgar Hoover’s Ghostreaders Framed African American Literature

William J. Maxwell is associate professor of English and African American studies at Washington University in St. Louis. 

Taking his title from Richard Wright’s poem “The FB Eye Blues,” Maxwell details how the FBI threatened the international travels of African American writers and prepared to jail dozens of them in times of national emergency. All the same, he shows that the Bureau’s paranoid style could prompt insightful criticism from Hoover’s ghostreaders and creative replies from their literary targets. For authors such as Claude McKay, James Baldwin, and Sonia Sanchez, the suspicion that government spy-critics tracked their every word inspired rewarding stylistic experiments as well as disabling self-censorship.

WashU and History Museum: Seeking Ferguson Artifacts

When: Starting January 30th, 2015


The Missouri History Museum and Washington University are making sure artifacts from Ferguson are preserved. Washington University is saving media captured and created since Michael Brown’s death on Aug. 9 in Ferguson, while the Missouri History Museum is collecting physical artifacts through its Ferguson Collecting Initiative. Read more here.

Performing Arts Department: “Blues for Mr. Charlie”

When: February 20, 21, 27 & 28 at 8pm; February 22 & March 1 at 2pm

Where: A.E. Hotchner Studio Theatre, Mallinckrodt Center


In this searing drama by James Baldwin, sex and racism explode in a small Southern town when a bigoted store owner kills a young black man and dumps his body on the side of the road.

Law, Identity, and Culture Initiative Presents: Saba Mahmood

When: 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Mar 16, 2015

Where: (by Invitation Only)


Saba Mahmood, Ph.D, will give a presentation as part of the Law, Identity, and Culture Initiative’s Public Lecture Series.This Lecture is co-sponsored with the Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics in the College of Arts and Sciences. The focus of this workshop is a paper to be determined.

Performing Arts Department: SKY SKY SKY

When: March 26, 27 & 28 at 8pm; March 28 & 29 at 2pm

Where: A.E. Hotchner Studio Theatre, Mallinckrodt Center


SKY SKY SKY forecasts how we may formulate what makes us whole in a not-so-far-off world where age, race, gender, and sexual preference are sliding away from us as labels of privilege or shame. What makes us human if genuine care can come from the programmed gestures of a machine? From 1978 to 2065, one life skews and questions the markers of human and American identity.

Association of Latin American Students: Carnaval

When: March 27 - 28, 2015

Where: Edison Theatre


The Washington University in St. Louis Association of Latin American Students (ALAS) will proudly present its 16th annual Carnaval, a student-run Latin cultural production featuring many dances as well as a skit.

Campus Diversity Collaborative Meeting

When: 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., March 31, 2015 

Where: Danforth University Center, Room 234


Hosted by Campus Diversity Collaborative. For more information, click here.