Please join us March 29 for a symposium celebrating the Special Collections Research Center's acquisition of the Richard T. Gibson papers. Richard T. Gibson is an African American expatriate journalist and author. He authored "A No to Nothing" (1949), an incendiary critique of African American protest fiction for the Kenyon Review. As a Whitney fellow in Rome he was associated with Italian intellectuals Curzio Malaparte and Amelia Rosselli. Gibson was also a central figure in the black expatriate community in Paris alongside Richard Wright, James Baldwin and Chester Himes. In 1960, Gibson co-founded the Fair Play for Cuba Committee and became a prolific chronicler of Cold War Africa.
Invited speakers and guests will explore the themes, topics and personalities contained in the papers and comment upon their potential value to scholars.