Living Writers guest: Mel Watkins, Colgate '62 and Author of Dancing with Strangers

Mel Watkins

In his memoir, Dancing with Strangers, Colgate alum Mel Watkins (’62) remembers what it meant to grow up as an African-American in a transitional era. Mr. Watkins is a former writer and editor at The New York Times Book Review and has edited a number of anthologies, including Black Review. Among his other titles are Stepin Fetchit: The Life & Times of Lincoln Perryand On the Real Side: A History of African American Humor from Slavery to Chris Rock. He frequently writes forThe Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times,and The New York Times. Watkins is currently the NEH Professor of the Humanities at Colgate University, where he teaches a popular course every fall on African-American humor.

Thursday, September 27, 2018 at 4:30pm to 5:30pm

Persson Hall, Auditorium


Academics, Arts and Humanities, Bicentennial, Arts

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Lectures, colloquia, seminars, etc.


Colgate200, FoundersWeek

English Department


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