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For Immediate Release
April 16, 2013

Lecturer Focuses on Social Justice Advocate and Museum Founder Margaret T. G. Burroughs

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  • 2013 College of Arts and Sciences Spring Distinguished Internal Lecturer Series
  • Tuesday, April 23, 7:30 p.m., Neff Hall, Room 101
  • Professor Mary Ann Cain, Department of English and Linguistics
  • “Making It Up and Passing It On: Margaret T. G. Burroughs”
  • Free and open to the public
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FORT WAYNE, Ind.—The College of Arts and Sciences at Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) is pleased to present its Spring Distinguished Lecturer, Professor Mary Ann Cain from the Department of English and Linguistics. Cain will present “Making It Up and Passing It On: Margaret T. G. Burroughs—Artist, Activist, Educator, and Museum Founder,,” Tuesday, April 23, at 7:30 p.m. in Neff Hall, Room 101. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Cain describes Burroughs, who lived from 1917 to 2010, as being “…best known as the founder of the first African American history museum in the world. However, perhaps equally, if not more important, is her legacy of wielding art as a tool of social justice. Burroughs discovered, through her early experiences with collective work and action in Chicago during 1930s and 40s, the power to create and pass on images and words that challenged those who oppressed her. Her legacy, including the imperative to pass on what we know to the next generation, still stands: creativity is essential to making up the selves we need to act purposefully in the world.”

Cain has taught writing, rhetoric, and women’s studies at IPFW since 1995. Her research explores the intersection of rhetoric and poetics in writing and thinking, along with the relationship of private and public space in creating individual and collective identities. Her publications include scholarly books, journal articles, and book chapters, as well as a novel, short stories, memoirs, and blurred genre works. Her teaching reflects her concern for creating a space for critical-creative inquiry. Since 2005 she has taught creative writing for the Three Rivers Jenbe Ensemble, a cultural arts youth education group in Fort Wayne. She is working on a nonfiction book, A Walk with Margaret, that explores the legacy of Burroughs, and a book of short stories, Why Birds Fly.

For more information on the Distinguished Lecturer Series, contact Karen Burtnette at 260-481-6833 or burtnetk@ipfw.edu.

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