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Ralph Ellison’s “Invisible Man,” Re-visited, Re-applied and Re-purposed, is a two Salon event, taking place on two continents, that will commemorate the 65th anniversary of this iconic novel published in April 1952. We are hosting the first Salon in Italy, New York University in Florence, because in 1955, Ralph Ellison accepted a two-year fellowship from the American Academy in Rome. The mission of the American Academy in Rome is “To live and work together in a dynamic international community,” mirrors the global network university mission of NYU. Ralph Ellison served as the New York University, Albert Schweitzer Professor of Humanities from 1971 to 1979. Ellison proclaimed that, “...the obligation of making oneself seen and heard is an imperative of American democratic individualism,” it can be argued that being visible remains a political act and a quest for self-actualization in America and abroad.

Anniversary Salons
Salon I: NYU Florence, Villa LaPietra, Florence, Italy, April 6, 2017, 6:00pm.
Confirmed Speakers: Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Harvard University; Grace Ali, Of Note Magazine/NYU Tisch School of the Arts; Jonathan Capehart, The Washington Post; Kimberly Bowes, American Academy in Rome; Allen McFarlane, NYU Student Affairs; Dr. Lisa Cesarani, NYU Florence

Salon II: New York University, Kimmel Center for University Life, Shorin Auditorium, New York, NY, April 17, 2017, 6:00pm.
Confirmed Speakers: Clint Smith, 2014 Poet Slam Champion, writer, contributor -The New Yorker Magazine; Dr. Michelle Dent, Senior Lecturer, NYU Expository Writing Program; Monroe France, NYU Student Affairs, Diversity Initiatives; Allen McFarlane, NYU Student Affairs. Special Guest: Ms. Martha Bernard, granddaughter of Ralph Ellison´s benefactor Mrs. Ida Espen Guggenheimer.

Graphic Design by Yeajin Choi, NYU Florence Student

"A special note of acknowledgement and gratitude to one of our featured co-organizers for her fantastic expertise and involvement, curator and events producer, Ms. Ja’nell Nequeva Ajani - Allen McFarlane"

 
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6:00 pm Introduction
Ellyn Toscano, NYU Florence Executive Director

6.05 Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man: Re-Visited, Re-Applied and Re-Purposed
Grace Ali, New York University, Art&Public Policy
Kimberly Bowes, American Academy in Rome
Jonathan Capehart,  The Washington Post
Lisa Cesarani, NYU Florence
Allen M. McFarlane, New York University, Outreach & Engagement
Dr. Khalil Gibram Muhammad, Harvard University
Michelle Dent, NYU Expository Writing Program-Broome Residential College
Monroe France, New York University, Diversity Initiative
Clint Smith, Poet, Writer, Harvard University
Ellyn Toscano, New York University Florence 

7:00 Q&A 

7:30 Reception

 
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ďI am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me.Ē ó Ralph Ellison
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