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Reading and Conversation with John Keene at NYU

Join us for a reading and discussion of John Keene's acclaimed novel, Counternarratives. The book is a collection of novellas and stories that offers new perspectives on familiar characters and histories — ranging from Huckleberry Finn and Langston Hughes to the American Revolution and early colonial South America — as inspired by real events and records. Panelists discuss the book's unique format and its political and historical commentary.

Panelists include:

  • John Keene, Associate Professor, Departments of English and African American Studies, Rutgers-Newark
  • Phillip Brian Harper, Erich Maria Remarque Professor of Literature and Professor of Social & Cultural Analysis, New York University
  • Sonya Posmentier, Assistant Professor of English, New York University


  • NYU Center for the Humanities
  • 20 Cooper Square
    fifth floor
    New York, NY 10003