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Kelly Baker Josephs receives Sterling Brown Professorship at Williams College

2 September 2016

Kelly Baker Josephs, founder and editor of sx salon, has been invited to join the faculty at Williams College as Sterling Brown '22 Visiting Professor of Africana Studies.

Here is a description of this honor from the Williams College Africana Studies website:

"Established by gifts raised in a campaign led by members of the Williams Black Alumni Network, this professorship is named after one of America’s most influential poets and scholars, who was born in Washington, D.C. and attended Williams from 1918-1922. Each year, a distinguished visitor is invited to campus for one semester to teach an undergraduate course, to deliver a series of lectures open to the public, to work with students individually, and to contribute to the awareness and growth of the Williams community. The Sterling Brown visiting professors are encouraged to play an active part in campus life. Past recipients include Greg Tate, Kimberly Springer, Manning Marable, Carrie Mae Weems, Kathy A. Perkins, Cornel West, and many more prestigious scholars and artists." 

This latest honor comes as Josephs embarks on her current book project, "Caribbean Articulations: Storytelling in a Digital Age," which explores the intersections between new technologies and Caribbean cultural production. In addition to her long tenure as a member of the Small Axe Project (first as managing editor of Small Axe before founding the sx salon literary platform), Josephs also manages The Caribbean Commons.