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As an international scholar and recipient of five Fulbright-Hays Lectureship and Senior Specialist Awards, he has taught or lectured at such teacher-training schools, international conferences, and prestigious universities as the following: in Germany in 1974-1975 at the Padagogische Hochschule, as well as at the Universities of Freiburg and Heidelberg; in France in 1975 and 1980 at the Sorbonne Nouvelle; in Nigeria in 1976 at the Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture; in Portugal in 1982-1983 at the Universities of Coimbra, Oporto, and Lisbon; in Spain in 1996, 1999, and 2003 at the Universities of Salamanca, Valladolid, Alcala de Henares, and Bilboa; and in The People’s Republic of China in 2004 and 2006 at Beijing Foreign Studies University, Peking University, Southwest University of Science and Technology, and Sichuan Normal University; and in 2010 at the Federal University of Bahia, Salvador, Brazil. He has lectured nationally at Universities ranging from Harvard to Morgan State and from the University of Chicago to the University of Connecticut.

  • “The 100th Anniversary of African American Blues Music”
  • “The African American Literary Tradition”
  • Beloved: A Womanist Neo-Slave Narrative; or Multivocal Remembrances of Things Past”
  • “Booker T. & W. E. B.: The Authority and Authenticity of African American Double Consciousness”
  • “The African American Jeremiad: Frederick Douglass’ Fourth of July 1852 Speech”
  • “The Legacy of James Baldwin: The Artist as Redemptive Lover and Righteous Witness”
  • “Nails, Snails, and Puppy-Dog Tails: Black Male Stereotypes in the Fiction of Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, and Terry McMillan”
  • “The New Black Aesthetic: Trey Ellis, Colson Whitehead, and Percival Everett”
  • “Genealogical Shifts in Du Bois’ Discourse on Double Consciousness as the Sign of African American Difference.
  • “Deconstructing the American Melting Pot and Literary Mainstream: Validating and Valorizing African American Literature in the College Curriculum of the 21st Century”
  • “The Globalization of African American Culture from the Spirituals to Hip Hop on Mainland China”
  • “Mark Twain’s ‘Nigger’ Jim: The Tragic Face behind the Minstrel Mask”
  • “The Negro’ as Metonym, Metaphor, and Marginal Man in William Faulkner’s Go Down, Moses