American Passages debuts at Reed

American Passages: A Literary Survey, an Oregon Public Broadcasting documentary series and college-level course that explores the depth and diversity of American literature, was celebrated on the Reed campus in March; plans include possible national broadcast later in 2003. Under the academic direction of Laura Arnold, Reed College associate professor of English and humanities, the series features Reed faculty members and other well-known scholars discussing authors from Frederick Douglass to Edith Wharton to N. Scott Momaday. The series was recently awarded a gold plaque by the 39th Chicago International Television Awards. Programs in the sixteen-part series include “Rhythms in Poetry,” which explores the modernist poetry of William Carlos Williams and Langston Hughes’s inspirations in blues music and African oral traditions, and “Exploring Borderlands,” which traces the history of Chicano literature. American Passages was funded by Annenberg/Corporation for Public Broadcasting and produced by Oregon Public Broadcasting in partnership with W. W. Norton & Company.

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Reed Magazine February 2003
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