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Dunbar Initiative

Bridging campus and community, teaching and research, the humanities and other disciplines, the Dunbar Initiative engages students, researchers and community members with many facets of Paul Laurence Dunbar's life.

2021 Dunbar Faculty Development Cohort

The Dunbar Initiative is proud to announce our 2021 cohort. These seven faculty members have taken up the challenge of course development with the goal of promoting the life and/or work of Dayton poet Paul Laurence Dunbar. The faculty members are:

  • R. Darden Bradshaw, Department of Art and Design
  • David Fine, Department of English
  • Suki Kwon, Department of Art and Design
  • Van Tam Nguyen, Department of Computer Science
  • Teresa Saxton, Department of English
  • Vanessa Winn, Department of Teacher Education
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Other Dunbar Research and Scholarship at the University of Dayton

In addition to this exciting initiative, the University of Dayton is home to other scholarly works revolving around the life and works of Paul Laurence Dunbar. 

  • The Dunbar Music Archive, spearheaded by Minnita Daniel-Cox, preserves Dunbar's literary career by giving public access to the myriad of ways his work has been presented, particularly in the musical arena.
  • The Scholarship of Herbert Woodward Martin has long revolved around public performance of Dunbar's work.
  • Project Muse: "Black Naturalism, White Determinism: Paul Laurence Dunbar's Naturalist Strategies" is an article written by Thomas L. Morgan.
  • Read biographical information about Paul Laurence Dunbar, gathered by researchers at the University.
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In the News
Research 04.05.21
University of Dayton faculty develop courses, digital archive to preserve Paul Laurence Dunbar’s legacy with $150K grant from Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

A University of Dayton initiative to develop interdisciplinary courses and create a digital archive to help preserve the legacy of Dayton native Paul Laurence Dunbar launched its first faculty cohort, with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Research 04.20.20
National Endowment for the Humanities awards University of Dayton nearly $100K for creation of Paul Laurence Dunbar courses and archive

The National Endowment for the Humanities awarded the University of Dayton nearly $100,000 to develop interdisciplinary courses and create a digital archive to help preserve the legacy of Dayton native Paul Laurence Dunbar, one of the first influential black poets in American literature

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