“The Genius of Phillis Wheatley Peters” Initiative (Upcoming Virtual Events)

Upcoming Events and New Resources in Our Phillis Wheatley Peters Initiative 

“The Genius of Phillis Wheatley Peters” Website: https://wheatleypetersproject.weebly.com/ 

 March 22, 3:00 CT (90 mins): “Phillis Wheatley Peters in Material Memory” 

Please encourage teachers and students, in particular, to attend this webinar, co-sponsored by our UGA-TCU collaborative team and the American Antiquarian Society. Besides being introduced to a range of items in the AAS’s rich archives that connect with PWP and her era, students will hear from several archivists about the building a career in vital institutions such as the AAS. Register here

April 33:30-5:00 CT (90 mins): Book Talk by Professor Vincent Carretta: “Recovering the life of Phillis Wheatley Peters, ‘A WONDER of the Age indeed!’” Two new biographies on Wheatley Peters are arriving in this anniversary year. One, published by project partner UGA’s outstanding academic press, is an update of Vincent Carretta’s influential 2011 biography. The 2023 edition both expands what we know about PWP and corrects several inaccurate details that have long circulated about her, while offering a highly readable portrait of the poet and her times. Carretta’s webinar lecture will provide a window into his research and writing process as well as an overview of his new discoveries. Register here

April 4, 9:00 a.m. CT (90 mins): “Re-reading a Life: Responding to Vincent Carretta’s New Biography of Wheatley Peters”—A Scholarly Roundtable via webinar 

An international cohort of scholars will respond to Carretta’s new book. Each will also be bringing a vital perspective on Wheatley Peters Studies today to this collaborative conversation, with Carretta then offering additional comments.  Register here

Writing Contests for Elementary, Middle, and High School Students 

Radford Chair Carmen Kynard has designed an exciting cluster of writing contests for school kids to join as a pathway to learning about Wheatley Peters and her era. Please pass along news of the contest to teachers and students across the DFW metroplex! Learn about this program—which creatively draws on TEKS expectations for reading informational materials as well as literary texts and writing that capitalizes on new media—in and overview and level-specific spaces (elementarymiddlehigh) on our PWP website. For an even fuller portrait of this exciting contribution to the PWP initiative, visit pages composed by Carmen in her own lively web spaces here.  

New LibGuide/Research Resource from the Mary Couts Burnett Library 

TCU library colleague Robyn Reid (with research support from Ammie Harrison and several English Department grad students) has been building a multi-faceted LibGuide for the PWP project. Check it out here. Faculty, students, and community members will find many helpful resources for learning about Wheatley Peters, and, like our website, this online resource will continue to grow content throughout the 2023 celebration year. https://libguides.tcu.edu/phillis_wheatley_peters