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The book "Invisible Man" sits on a solid yellow background. The book cover depicts a graphic image of a face  in 3/4 view using white and maroon,  with two white perpendiular crossed lines superimposed. The words "a novel" and "BY RALPH ELLISON" also appear o the book cover.

Politics of the Invisible Man Group Discussion

TUESDAY MAY 11 2021 5:00 PM PDT

Led by Ralph Ellison’s literary executor, John Callahan, this intimate seminar takes up the threads of Invisible Man’s politics. Callahan will focus on the nameless protagonist’s tumultuous rise within--and disillusionment from--the leftist organization of the Brotherhood. Readings will be provided in advance, and participants will be encouraged to engage in active discussion moderated by UCLA professor and Ellison expert Adam Bradley.

Capacity limited. Advanced registration required. There will be a waitlist for standby participants depending on capacity.

Registration for this program will open on April 27, 2021.


Register: Advanced registration is required. Please register using the link above.
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Please note that this event will be recorded. By attending, you grant the Hammer permission to use your image, statements, and actions in any medium or context without further authorization or compensation.
All public programs are free and made possible by a major gift from an anonymous donor. Generous support is also provided by Susan Bay Nimoy and Leonard Nimoy, Good Works Foundation and Laura Donnelley, the Elizabeth Bixby Janeway Foundation, The Samuel Goldwyn Foundation, an anonymous donor, and all Hammer members.
Readings are supported by GRoW @ Annenberg.
Digital presentation of Hammer public programs is made possible by The Billy and Audrey L. Wilder Foundation.
Hammer public programs are presented online in partnership with the #KeepThePromise campaign—a movement promoting social justice and human rights through the arts.