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Craig Werner teaches literature, music and cultural history. A member of the Nominating Committee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, he has written liner notes for re-releases of classic soul albums and contributed to numerous radio and television documentaries on topics ranging from the Harlem Renaissance to Motown. He has won numerous teaching awards including the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching; the English Graduate Student Association's Teaching Excellence Award; Best Summer School Course from the National Association of Summer School Sessions as part of the teaching team for "Sites and Sounds of the Freedom Struggle."
B.A., summa cum laude, Colorado College, 1973
M.A., in American Literature, University of Illinois, 1975
Ph.D., in English, University of Illinois, 1979
African American music, cultural history and literature; multicultural literature; multicultural responses to Joyce, Faulkner, Whitman, and Shakespeare.
Afro-American Studies 155: Multicultural Literature
Afro-American Studies 156: Black Music and American Cultural History
Afro-American Studies 525: Major Authors James Baldwin Richard Wright Zora Neale Hurston
Afro-American Studies 672: Selected Topics in Afro-American Literature: Topic: “Contemporary Multicultural Literature” Topic: “Faulkner and Multicultural Fiction” Topic: “Ulysses and the Multicultural Novel” Topic: “Whitman and Multicultural Poetry”
Afro-American Studies 675: Selected Topics in Afro-American Culture: Topic: “Hip-Hop Culture” Topic: “The Gospel Vision in African American Culture” Topic: “Soul Music and the Civil Rights Movement” Topic: “Yusef Komunyakaa and Contemporary African American Poetry” Topic: “James Baldwin and Billie Holiday”
ILS 254: Science and Literature
ILS 275 and 400: Shakespeare and the Modern World The Vietnam Era Writing the Two Cultures: Stephen Jay Gould and Richard Powers The Book as World: Don Quixote, Moby-Dick and Gravitys Rainbow