Dr Houston Baker
Professor & Writer
Aired: Wednesday 9.2.09 - 10:00-11:00 PM
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Houston Baker is an American scholar specializing in African American literature and currently serving as a Distinguished University Professor at Vanderbilt University in the English department. He received his MA and Ph.D. degrees from UCLA. He has taught at Yale, the University of Virginia, the University of Pennsylvania, and Duke University. He has served as president of the Modern Language Association and editor of the journal American Literature
He is the author of more than eighty articles, essays, and reviews. And published or edited more than twenty books. and over 30 books. His most recent books include Turning South Again: Re-Thinking Modernism, Re-Reading Booker T and I Donít Hate the South: Reflections on Faulkner, Family, and the South along with his critique of black public intellectuals titled Betrayal: How Black Intellectuals Have Abandoned the Ideals of the Civil Rights Era.
Professor Baker is a published poet whose most recent volume is titled Passing Over. He has served in a number of administrative and institutional posts, including the 1992 Presidency of the Modern Language Association of America. His honors include Guggenheim, John Hay Whitney, and Rockefeller Fellowships, as well as a number of honorary degrees from American colleges and universities.