On the morning of May 25th, the lecture on “The role of American Literature and Culture in Forming American Identity” was held in the conference room in Suiyuan Campus. Professor Lauri Ramay and her husband Martin Ramey, from California State University, Los Angeles, were invited to share their gains and experience in the study of African American poetry and American culture.
From the vantage of origin, significance, theme and key figures in different times, Professor Lauri Ramay made an analysis step by step on the distinguishing feature of African American poetry and its inextricable role in reflecting and defining American identity. She argued that African American poetry had a distinctive body of literature and an integral part of the American heritage, and it would certainly go from margin to center in future academic research.
Professor Martin Ramay explored the powerful role of religion in American culture and society from analyzing the cause of American Civil War. He thought that from the period of American Civil War, African American culture has been vandalized and faces disruption, which has a negative impact on the establishment of American culture and American identity. Therefore, American society and politicians are required to have a collective reflection.
Professor Wang Xiaoying, deputy director of the Foreign Language and Culture Institute, presided over the conference. Some members of the institute: Chen Aimin, Zhang Ruihua, Shao Shan, Xu Shiyan, Yang Jing and other young teachers and graduate students from The School of Foreign Languages and Cultures also participated in the lecture and had interactive communications with the two professors. (Fan Yimian)