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Published article"Charles White and the Black Chicago Renaissance", by the International Review of African American Art - IRAAA+.

Presentation: “Exploring the Archives,” sponsored by Black Chicago History Forum, supported by The National Endowment for the Humanities and Roosevelt University, June 26, 2016, 2:00-3:30 p.m. at Roosevelt University, 430 S. Michigan Ave.10th Floor, Murray-Green Library, Angell Reading Room.


"SUNY Board of Trustees Appoints 10 Faculty to Distinguished Ranks"
Including Dr. Courage, who has been appointed a Distinguish Teaching Professor.

"The Distinguished Teaching Professorship recognizes and honors mastery of teaching. For this prestigious tribute to be conferred, candidates must have demonstrated consistently superior mastery of teaching, outstanding service to students, and commitment to their ongoing intellectual growth, scholarship and professional growth, and adherence to rigorous academic standards and requirements. Further, a faculty member must have attained and held the rank of full professor for five years, have completed at least three years of full-time teaching on the nominating campus, 10 years of full-time teaching in the System, and must have regularly carried a full-time teaching load as defined by the campus."

November 16, 2015

Presentation: “Archibald J. Motley, Jr., and the New Negro,” sponsored by Black Chicago History Forum and supported by The National Endowment for the Humanities, Chicago Cultural Center, June 23, 2015.

"Discovering the Early History of Black Creative Expression in Chicago"

This presentation draws on the research from Dr. Richard Courage’s 2011 book The Muse in Bronzeville and a National Endowment for the Humanities-supported research project that currently involves Courage, Jacques and Chicago historian Christopher R. Reed.

Presenters: Richard Courage, Professor of English and Claudia Jacques, Adjunct Professor of Art.

Westchester Community College Classroom Building, Room 200, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015 at 11:00 am


“Rehearsal for Renaissance: Chicago’s New Negro Intellectuals of the 1920s” as part of the panel "Social Origins of Chicago's New Negro Artists and Intellectuals, 1890-1930" presented at the Carter G Woodson Library on October 26, 2014 at 1:30 pm.

NEH Project Team Members Meeting at Roosevelt University, on April 5, 2014 at 4 pm



“Colleagues and Comrades: Richard Wright, Horace Cayton and the Evolution of Black Radical Thought in the 1940s”
Panel Presentation at Critical Ethnic Studies Association 2013 Conference, University of Illinois-Chicago, September 19-21

"W.E.B. Du Bois, James Weldon Johnson, Mary White Ovington and the New England Imaginary"
Panel Presentation at 10th International Conference of the Collegium for African American Research, Agnes Scott College, Decatur/Atlanta, GA, March 13 to 16

Multimedia presentation / book signing at Warner Library, 121 North Broadway, Tarrytown, NY, Thursday, February 28, 7 pm

Multimedia presentation / book signing at Keeler Library, 276 Titicus Road, North Salem, NY,  Sunday, February 10, 3 pm

Multimedia presentation / book signing at North Castle Library, 19 Whipporwill Road East, Armonk, NY, Tuesday, January 29, 7 pm

"From Harlem to Bronzeville: The Novels of Arna Bontemps"
Special Session Presentation at Modern Language Association Convention, Boston, MA, January 4, 10:15 am.


The Great Gatsby and The Harlem Renaissance
Multimedia presentation for Arts on the Lake, Kent, NY, part of Putnam County Reads, Sunday, November 4, 3 pm.

“Visual Artists of Bronzeville”
Multimedia presentation at South Side Community Art Center, 3831 South Michigan, Chicago, IL, Saturday, Oct. 20, 2-5pm
Co-sponsored by Diasporal Rhythms

Reading/book signing at 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th St., Chicago, IL, Friday, October 19, 6pm 

“From Harlem Renaissance to Black Chicago Renaissance”
Urban History Seminar, Chicago History Museum, Chicago, IL, Thursday, October 18, 6 pm

"The Vexed Modernism of Katherine Dunham"
Panel Presentation at Association for the Study of African American Life and History Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, Sept. 28, 2 pm

Lecture/book signing at Ossining Public Library, Ossining, NY, September 20, 7 pm.

“Jewish and African American Artists in Depression-era Chicago”
Multimedia presentation for Adult Education Program / Temple Shaaray Tefila, Bedford, NY, June 26  

“Nihil ex Nihilo: Chicago’s New Negro Intellectuals of the 1920s and the Emergence of the Black Chicago Renaissance”
Panel presentation at American Literature Association Conference, San Francisco, CA, May 25

“Colleagues and Comrades: Friendships of the Black Chicago Renaissance”
Panel Presentation at College Language Association Conference, Atlanta, GA, March 29, 2012

Lecture/book signing at Roosevelt University, 430 South Michigan, Chicago, IL
Monday, March 19, 5 - 7 pm, Spertus Lounge (Auditorium 244)
Hosted by the Department of History and Philosophy and the Black Chicago History Forum

Lecture/book signing at Hyde Park Historical Society, 5529 South Lake Park Avenue, Chicago, IL
Saturday, March 17, 2 - 4 pm


Lecture/book signing at Carter G. Woodson Regional Library in Chicago
Saturday, December 17, 1:30 - 4 pm
Hosted by the Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection and Black Chicago History Forum

Book Talk at Columbia Teachers College
Tuesday, November 15. 3:30 - 5 pm,
305 Russell Hall

Reading for Poets and Writers Series at Westchester Community College
Thursday, October 13, 1:30 - 3 pm
CLA 200