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Friday Seminar
Tara Bynum, University of Iowa and the McNeil Center
May 5, 2023 at - | Hybrid/Penn, Houston Hall 218

Tara Bynum

Tara A. Bynum is an Assistant Professor of English and African American Studies at the University of Iowa and a Barra Sabbatical Fellow at the McNeil Center. Her new book, Reading Pleasures (University of Illinois Press, 2023) examines how four black authors experience and write about pleasure in early America. Bynum received her Ph.D. in English from Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. in Political Science from Barnard College.

The McNeil Center and our partners are making every effort to offer our seminars in a hybrid format, where participants may attend either in person or virtually. More information on locations and virtual attendance options will be announced shortly.


The McNeil Center sponsors a seminar that meets on Friday afternoons approximately twice a month between September and May, with the paper for each session circulated in advance. Over two hundred people attend at least once a year, with an average attendance of 40 to 50 at meetings held at various sites in the Delaware Valley. While most of the regular attendees are graduate students and faculty from institutions in the Philadelphia area, participants come from as far afield as Long Island, New York City, Princeton, Baltimore, Annapolis, and Washington. 

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