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Words on Fire Assistant Professor of English Lois Brown served as guest curator for Black Books: The First African American Authors, an exhibition now on display at the Boston Public Library. The exhibition is part of “Words on Fire,” a new festival sponsored by Boston’s New Center for Arts and Culture that coincides with the seventieth anniversary of book burnings in Bebeplatz Square, Berlin. On May 10, 1933, Nazis set ablaze thousands of books by nearly two hundred scientists, philosophers, political theorists, and poets deemed “degenerates and racial undesirables,” including Bertolt Brecht, Franz Kafka, Thomas Mann, Albert Einstein, Helen Keller, Shalom Asch, H. G. Wells, Margaret Sanger, Sigmund Freud, and Emile Zola. Through citywide art exhibitions, films, lectures, and community events, “Words on Fire” explores themes evoked by this event and celebrates the reclamation of once-silenced voices. The Black Books exhibition presents a number of rare first-edition copies of influential works written and published by African Americans, the first black works published abroad, copies of the first African American newspapers, and other examples of groundbreaking African American print culture. “It really is a splendid collection of amazing and invaluable works that brings the African American literary tradition into sharp focus,” says Brown. She hopes to arrange student visits to the exhibition, which runs until May 11.

Art Show Marks Louisiana Purchase Paul Staiti, Professor of Fine Arts on the Alumnae Foundation, has cocurated Jefferson’s America and Napoleon’s France, an exhibition commemorating the bicentennial of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803 that will be on view at the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) April 12– August 31. The show features three hundred French and American paintings, sculpture, and objects that profile both nations and their cultural exchange at the turn of the nineteenth century, including works by Gilbert Stuart, John Vanderlyn, Jacques-Louis David, and Baron Gros. The Louvre, Versailles, Malmaison, Monticello, the National Gallery, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art are among the institutions contributing to the show. Staiti has coathored an accompanying exhibition catalogue that will be published by NOMA and the University of Washington Press.

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