August Wilson Society Announces Call for Papers for Upcoming Colloquium


“Go Back and Pick Up the Ball” conference to be held April 26-28, 2018 at August Wilson Center

By Melonnie Walker

The August Wilson Society has announced a call for papers for its 2018 symposium event: “Go Back and Pick up the Ball: An August Wilson Society Colloquium” to be held April 26-28, 2018 in Wilson’s hometown of Pittsburgh, Pa.


The three-day event, co-sponsored with the August Wilson Center for African American Culture, will be held at the Center’s location, 980 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15222.

The event will feature of performers, directors, historians, scholars, politicians, Pittsburgh community members, and others who have been inspired by Wilson’s legacy.

The CFP includes proposals for panels, performance pieces and papers that embrace the central theme through the prism of Wilson’s art and politics.  Information on the call for papers can be found here: Press Release.


Activities for the weekend will include a keynote speaker, breakout sessions, workshops and performances of Wilson’s plays by the Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company.

Participants will also have the opportunity to take part in a guided walking tour of Wilson’s Hill District neighborhood and the “Happy Birthday, August Wilson!” block party at Daisy Wilson Artist Community, Inc. on April 29.

To register for the Colloquium, visit the AWS website at:

Hotel Reservations for the event can be made at: Colloquium Hotel Accommodations

Drury Plaza Hotel Pittsburgh
745 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

The August Wilson Society (AWS) was founded within Howard University’s College of Arts and Sciences in spring 2006, shortly after the passing of August Wilson at age 60. This group defines itself as an interdisciplinary learning community of instructors, students, and theatre lovers who remain dedicated to commemorating August Wilson’s legacy by promoting the studying, teaching, researching, performing, and ultimately the safeguarding of the rich narrative of the African American past that Wilson has bequeathed to American Culture in the form of 10 plays that chronicle the stories of African Americans from 1904 to 1997.

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