Panel will discuss Walker's 'Buffalo Dance'

April 21, 2004

Dear Editor:

I would like to invite all members of the Danville/Boyle County community to a special event at Centre College at 4 p.m. Sunday in Newlin Hall of the Norton Center for the Arts.

The event will be a panel discussion of Frank X Walker's book of poems, "Buffalo Dance," moderated by Bill Goodman of KET's Bookclub. As many of your readers know, Frank X Walker is a Danville native, and the poems in his book are written in the voice of York, an African-American slave who accompanied the Lewis and Clark expedition.

The four members of the panel will be James Holmberg of the Filson Historical Society in Louisville, an expert on the Lewis and Clark expedition and editor of a recent volume of William Clark's letters; J. Blaine Hudson, a professor in the Pan-African Studies program at the University of Louisville whose scholarly work focuses on the history of African-Americans in this region; Elizabeth Perkins, a member of the history faculty at Centre College who has published widely on 19th Century American and Kentucky history; and Lisa Williams, a poet and member of the Centre English faculty who recently won the prestigious Rome prize of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.


This panel discussion will be the culminating event of the "What If All Danville/Boyle County Reads The Same Book" campaign that has involved so many in this area during the past few months. For those who don't already own a copy of "Buffalo Dance," free copies of the book will be available Sunday to the first hundred people to arrive.

And, last but very far from least, the discussion will be preceded by a reading of several poems from the book by Danville High School junior Mauricus Lofton, a national speech champion and a vivid performer of Frank X Walker's work.

I hope that many in our community will plan to come to Centre Sunday to experience Frank X Walker's poetry and to learn from the insights of our distinguished panelists.

Mark Rasmussen

English Program chairman

Centre College

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