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English
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Mail Code: 0302

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Bio

Foundation Professor of English, Department of English

Director, Project Humanities (humanities.asu.edu)

Honors and Recognitions

Parents Association Professor of Year

Dean’s Distinguished Professor of English

Distinguished Public Scholar, Arizona Humanities Council

David Bottoms Distinguished Alumni Award, Department of English, The University of West Georgia

Alumni Achievement Award, College of Arts and Humanities, The University of West Georgia

Past Chair, Board of Directors, Arizona Humanities Council

 

Education

Ph.D. in English, Vanderbilt University

M.A. in English, Vanderbilt University

B.A. in English, University of West Georgia (Valedictorian)

 

Biography

Dr. Lester has been a professor of English at Arizona State University since the fall 1997. His area of specialization is African American literary and cultural studies. Dr. Lester earned his B.A. in English from State University of West Georgia and his M.A. and Ph.D. in English at Vanderbilt University. He has published on and taught courses in African American children's literature, African American drama, African American folklore, African American images in American cinema, and black/ white interracial intimacies in American culture.

The author of Ntozake Shange: A Critical Study of the Plays (1995) and Understanding Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God: A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents (1999), Dr. Lester has also published, lectured, and taught extensively in the area of African American children's literature. He has published on personal ads as African American biography and autobiography; black masculinities; African American homoeroticism; neo-slave narratives; parental (il)literacy in children's literature; the absence of the word "nigger" in contemporary African American children's texts; African American female sexuality; interracial intimacies in American popular music; African American womanist theory; Disney's first African American princess in The Princess and the Frog; Helen Bannerman's Little Black Sambo as an anti-trickster; and the gender and race politics of African Americans and hair. His study of heteronormativity in children's texts appears in the summer 2007 issue of the Journal of Gay and Lesbian Issues in Education: An International Quarterly Devoted to Research, Policy and Practice (volume 4, number 2, pages 55-74).  His third book, Once Upon a Time in a Different World: Issues and Ideas in African American Children’s Literature (2007), is a collection of Dr. Lester's published and new essays in children's literature with scholars, critics, and lay persons responding each to a different essay and creating a threaded conversation about identity, gender, sexuality and race. This collection is part of the “Children’s Literature and Culture” Series. He has also completed a co-edited collection of essays on the intersection of race, gender and sexuality in personal ads, Racialized Politics of Desire in Personal Ads (Rowman and Littlefield/ Lexington Books, 2008). His co-edited volume Sapphire's Literary Breakthrough: Feminist Pedagogies, Erotic Literacies, Environmental Justice Perspectives was published by Palgrave in 2012.

A popular public speaker and discussion facilitator, Dr. Lester has an extensive record of publications, lectures, editorships, and public interviews. Over the course of his twenty-year professional career, Dr. Lester has received numerous teaching awards and recognitions, including Outstanding Commitment to Teaching Award (1993), Distinguished Teaching Fellow Award (1996), and "Distinguished Finalist" for the Professor of the Year (2001). In 2001, Dr. Lester was named "Distinguished Public Scholar" by the Arizona Humanities Council, for his work both inside and outside the classroom. Dr. Lester was a recipient of the "Last Lecture" Award (2002), the Arizona State University Parents Association Professor of the Year (2003), the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean's Distinguished Professorship (2004), and Foundation Professorship (2007). Dr. Lester served a two-year term as chair of the Board of Directors for the Arizona Humanities Council and served as dean of Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences from August 2010 through February 2012. In 2011, Dr. Lester was elected to the Executive Committee of the Association of Departments of English (ADE), an affiliate of the Modern Language Association of America and has served as Associate Vice President for Humanities and Arts in the Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development, where his role was to promote and integrate humanities research throughout the university; an extension of the university-wide Project Humanities initiative he began in August 2010 and continues to direct.

 

DR. LESTER in the news:

 

07/12/12: "Connecting with Neal A. Lester." Interview with Diane Boudreau. Research Matters. Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development. Arizona State University.

http://researchmatters.asu.edu/stories/connecting-neal-lester-2295

https://asunews.asu.edu/20120716_lester#.UAlptjnpM_U.mailto

06/16/12: “Hair Weave Heists No Laughing Matter, Expert Says,” by Jim Burress. WABE 90.1 FM Radio (Atlanta, GA NPR affiliate). http://www.pba.org/post/hair-weave-heists-no-laughing-matter-expert-says .

05/24/12: "Turning the Page: LGBT Children's Literature Comes of Age," Interview with Liz Massey, ECHO Magazine (24 May 2012): 50-51

http://digital.publicationprinters.com/publication/?i=112641&p=50

http://www.echomag.com/features/kidslit.php

05/16/12: "Vital Voices: ASU"s Project Humanities and Phoenix Youth Hostel to Host Monthly Literary Discussions," By Tye Rabens. Phoenix New Times (16 May 2012)

http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/jackalope/2012/05/get_your_hurston_on_this_thurs.ph

02/16/12: "Lester Joins Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development."

http://researchmatters.asu.edu/stories/lester-joins-office-knowledge-enterprise-development-2150

Fall 2011: "Straight Talk about the N-word (An Interview)," by Sean Price, Teaching Tolerance: A Project of the Southern Poverty Law Center (Perspective: Twentieth Anniversary Issue) 

http://www.tolerance.org/magazine/number-40-fall-2011/straight-talk-about-n-word

06/06/11: "This Is A Stick-up: Give Us All your Hair," by Kenyon Wallace, Toronto (Canada) Starhttp://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/1003473

06/03/11 "Human Hair Thefts Strike U.S. Salons," by Tom Geoghegan, BBC News (Washington, DC): http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-13632447

06/02/11 "There Are Some Hairy Times," by Michelle Singletary, Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/these-are-some-hairy-times/2011/06/02/AGZjVHHH_story.html

05/27/11 "The Business of Hair,"  The Current, CBC News (Canada), Sujata Berry, producer: http://www.cbc.ca/thecurrent/episode/2011/05/27/the-business-of-hair/

05/19/11 "Thieves Target Human Hair, Extensions, Wigs," FOX 10 News/ KSAZ-TV Phoenix, reporter Keith Yaskin: http://www.myfoxphoenix.com/dpp/news/crime/thieves-target-human-hair-extensions-wigs-05192011

05/16/11 "Costly Hairstyle Is a Beauty Trend that Draws Thieves' Notice," by Timothy Williams. The New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/17/us/17hair.html

 http://www.stltoday.com/news/national/article_7b05c9e2-8039-11e0-9fa5-001a4bcf6878.html

 

February 2011 Dr. Lester on Project Humanities @ Arizona State University: 

 

http://www.statepress.com/2011/02/08/university-kicks-off-yearlong-humanities-initiative/

 

http://www.statepress.com/2011/02/02/asu%E2%80%99s-project-humanities-takes-off/

 

http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/opinions/articles/2011/02/07/20110207aztalk-newsmaker-lester07.html

 

http://www.azcentral.com/news/aztalk/forum/articles/live-talk-neal-lester.html

 

January 2011 "How to Define 'American'": http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/opinions/articles/2011/01/23/20110123lester24.html

 

January 2011 Dr. Lester's expertise on the racial and gender gender politics of African Americans and hair tapped in Hair Journey: A Documentary  (December 2010), final project by Brittney Henton, MS in Broadcast Journalism, Department of Journalism, University of Illinois:  http://vimeo.com/18636227

 

Fall 2010 Dr. Lester Appointed Dean of Humanities in College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Arizona State University: Ahwatukee's Lester grows into role of ASU Dean of Humanities http://www.azcentral.com/php-bin/clicktrack/email.php/9570873

 

http://www.vanderbilt.edu/alumni/2010/09/neal-lester/http://www.vanderbilt.edu/alumni/news/page/2/; Lester named dean of humanities at ASUhttp://www.ahwatukee.com/community_focus/neighbors/article_d147145c-de34-11df-818e-001cc4c002e0.html

 

http://asunews.asu.edu/20100830_humanitiesdean

 

 

 

8/2010 "Profiles in Discovery: crossing Cultures," ASU Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development http://researchstories.asu.edu/profiles-in-discovery/neal-lester

 

8/26/10 Dr. Lester Discusses His Course on the N-word on "The State of Things." WUNC-FM, North Carolina Public Radio: http://wunc.org/tsot/archive/Overcoming_Offensive_Language.mp3/view

 

6/22/10 "Coming to a College Course this Fall: The 'N-Word.'" by Jerry Mitchell, The Clarion Ledger (Jackson, MS): http://blogs.clarionledger.com/jmitchell/2010/06/22/arizona-professor-offering-course-on-the-n-word/ 

 

6/02/10 “Toxic Hairmerica.” Interview by Brittney Henton. Why Is It...?: Getting to the Root of the Cause One Step at a Time blog. 460journal.com: http://www.460journal.com/2010/02/27/neal-lester-hair-research/

 

Spring 2010 Lester Named Chair of Board of Directors, Arizona Humanities Council: http://asunews.asu.edu/20100304_ahc;

 

2/27/10 “ASU Research on African American Hair Done by Neal Lester.” Interview article by Chelsea Josten, student, ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism.

 

11/16/09 “Look Me In My Eyes & Tell Me What You THINK!” Guest on “Green Light Talk Radio.” J-StarR and Niki D, hosts. Blog Talk Radio: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/greenlight_talkradio/2009/11/17/skin-tones 

 

11/13/09 “’Rapunzel, Rapunzel, Let Down Your Golden Hair.’” Op ed. Ahwatukee Foothills News: http://ahwatukee.com/commentary/article_b02aba5d-3ad7-598c-be17-539cf4122284.html

 

11/09/09 “ASU Professor Discusses African American Hair Culture.”

Interview by Julie Newberg on Good Hair documentary. ASU News. http://asunews.asu.edu/20091009_Lester and ASU Insight (20 November 2009): 5. http://asunews.asu.edu/files/20091120.pdf .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Research Interests

African American literature and cultural studies; African American women writers; African American children's literature; African American popular culture

Courses

Spring 2014

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
AFH 354 African Amer Lit:Harlem/Presen
ENG 354 Af/Am Lit: Harlem Renais-Pres

Fall 2013

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ENG 191 First-Year Seminar

Fall 2012

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ENG 191 First-Year Seminar

Fall 2011

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ENG 191 First-Year Seminar

Fall 2010

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ENG 191 First-Year Seminar
ENG 492 Honors Directed Study
ENG 493 Honors Thesis
ENG 499 Individualized Instruction
ENG 584 Internship
ENG 590 Reading and Conference
ENG 592 Research
ENG 593 Applied Project
ENG 595 Continuing Registration
ENG 599 Thesis
ENG 784 Internship
ENG 790 Reading and Conference
ENG 792 Research
ENG 795 Continuing Registration
ENG 799 Dissertation
LIN 584 Internship
LIN 590 Reading and Conference
LIN 592 Research
LIN 593 Applied Project
LIN 595 Continuing Registration
LIN 599 Thesis
LIN 790 Reading and Conference
LIN 792 Research
LIN 795 Continuing Registration
LIN 799 Dissertation

Summer 2010

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ENG 484 Internship
ENG 492 Honors Directed Study
ENG 493 Honors Thesis
ENG 499 Individualized Instruction
ENG 580 Practicum
ENG 584 Internship
ENG 590 Reading and Conference
ENG 592 Research
ENG 593 Applied Project
ENG 595 Continuing Registration
ENG 599 Thesis
ENG 784 Internship
ENG 790 Reading and Conference
ENG 792 Research
ENG 795 Continuing Registration
ENG 799 Dissertation
LIN 584 Internship
LIN 590 Reading and Conference
LIN 592 Research
LIN 593 Applied Project
LIN 595 Continuing Registration
LIN 599 Thesis
LIN 790 Reading and Conference
LIN 792 Research
LIN 795 Continuing Registration
LIN 799 Dissertation

Summer 2009

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ENG 484 Internship
ENG 492 Honors Directed Study
ENG 493 Honors Thesis
ENG 499 Individualized Instruction
ENG 580 Practicum
ENG 584 Internship
ENG 590 Reading and Conference
ENG 592 Research
ENG 593 Applied Project
ENG 594 Conference and Workshop
ENG 595 Continuing Registration
ENG 599 Thesis
ENG 780 Practicum
ENG 784 Internship
ENG 790 Reading and Conference
ENG 792 Research
ENG 795 Continuing Registration
ENG 799 Dissertation
LIN 584 Internship
LIN 590 Reading and Conference
LIN 592 Research
LIN 593 Applied Project
LIN 595 Continuing Registration
LIN 599 Thesis
LIN 790 Reading and Conference
LIN 792 Research
LIN 795 Continuing Registration
LIN 799 Dissertation

Publications and Other Intellectual ContributionsGoogle Scholar

  1. Book chapter: Racialized Politics of Desire in Personal Ads. Rowman and Littlefield (2008).

  2. Lester, Neal, Steward, Doug. Academic Freedom in English Courses in English Classrooms and in English Departments (2007).

  3. Lester, Neal Andre, Shange, Ntozake. For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf. A Gift of Story and Song An Encyclopedia on Twentieth Century African American Writers (2006).

  4. Lester, Neal Andre, Weaver, Leslie J. Study Guide for Mark Spragg's an Unfinished Life. Humanities Scholar. OneBookAZ Arizona Center for the Book (2006).

  5. Neal Lester. Unhappily Ever After Fairy Tale Morals Moralities and Heterosexism in Children's Texts. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Issues in Education An International Quarterly Devoted to Research Policy and Practice (2006).

  6. Book chapter: Lester, Neal Andre (Author) . Of Wigs and Weaves Locks and Fades A Personal Political Hair Story. Blackberries and Redbones Critical Articulations of Black Hair Body Politics in Africana Communities. Hampton Press (2006).

  7. Lester, Neal, Steward, Doug. Academic Freedom in English Courses in English Classrooms and in English Departments (2006).

  8. Lester, Neal Andre, Nugent, Richard Bruce. Smoke, Lilies, and Jade. A Gift of Story and Song An Encyclopedia on Twentieth Century African American Writers. Facts on File Publishers (2005).

  9. Neal Lester, Maureen Daly Goggin. In Living Color Politics of Desire in Heterosexual Interracial Black White Personal Ads. Communication and Critical Cultural Studies (2005).

  10. Review of: Doormat. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy (2005).

  11. . Review of: Film version 1974 of Ernest Gaine's Novel The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (2005).

  12. Review of: Teacher's Guide to the Bluford Book Series. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy (2005).

  13. Review of: Teaching Reading to Black Adolescent Males Closing the Achievement Gap. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy (2005).

  14. Lester, Neal Andre. Of Wigs and Weaves Locks and Fades A Personal Political Hair Story. Blackberries and Redbones Critical Articulations of Black Hair Body Politics in Africana Communities (2005).

  15. Lester, Neal Andre, Daly Goggin, Maureen. In Living Color Politics of Desire in Heterosexual Interracial Black White Personal Ads. Communication and Critical Cultural Studies (2005).

  16. Lester, Neal Andre, Samuels, Wilfred D. Smoke Lilies and Jade by Richard Bruce Nugent. A Gift of Story and Song An Encyclopedia on Twentieth Century African American Writers. Facts on File (2005).

  17. Lester, Neal Andre. Study Guide for Mark Spragg's An Unfinished Life. Humanities Scholar. Vintage Contemporaries (2004).

  18. Review of: The Last Part First. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy (2004).

  19. Book chapter: Lester, Neal Andre (Author) . Seasoned with Quiet Strength Black Womanhood in Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun. Women in Literature Reading through the Lens of Gender. Greenwood Press (2004).

  20. Lester, Neal. Do You See What I See Do You Hear What I Hear Becoming Better Adults through Toni Morrison's The Big Box and the Book of Mean People (2004).

  21. Lester, Neal Andre. Review of Angela Johnson's The Last Part First. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy (2004).

  22. Lester, Neal Andre. Review of Teacher's Guide for the Bluford Series. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy (2004).

  23. Neal Lester. Hair Today Yesterday and Beyond A Personal Historical and Political Journey. Hair Stories (2003).

  24. Neal Lester. Life for Me ain't Been No Crystal Stair Readin' Writin and Parental Illiteracy in African American Children's Books. Arizona Reading Journal (2003).

  25. Neal Lester. Life for Me ain't Been No Crystal Stair' Readin' Writin' and Parental Illiteracy in African American Children's Books. Children's Folklore Review (2003).

  26. Review of: Lost and Found. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy (2003).

  27. Review of: The Last Part First. QBR The Black Book Review (2003).

  28. Review of: Until We Meet Again. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy (2003).

  29. Lester, Neal. What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up Heterosexual Coercion in Children's Texts (2003).

  30. Lester, Neal, Goggin, Maureen. Color Blind Circulating Perpetuating and Personifying Black White Hetero Sexual Myths in Personal Ads Rhetorics and Literacies Past Present Future (2003).

  31. Lester, Neal Andre. Hair Today Yesterday and Beyond A Personal Historical and Political Journey. Hair Stories. University of Washington Press (2003).

  32. Lester, Neal Andre. Life for Me Ain't Been No Crystal Stair Readin Writin and Parental Illiteracy in African American Children's Books. Arizona Reading Journal (2003).

  33. Lester, Neal Andre. Life for Me Ain't Been No Crystal Stair Readin Writin and Parental Illiteracy in African American Children's Books. Children's Literature Review (2003).

  34. Lester, Neal Andre. Review of Anne Schraff's Lost and Found. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy (2003).

  35. Lester, Neal Andre. Review of Anne Schraff's Until We Meet Again. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy (2003).

  36. Lester, Neal Andre, Silber, Ellen, Fisher, Jerrilyn. Seasoned with Quiet Strength Black Womanhood in Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun. Women in Literature Reading through the Lens of Gender. Greenwood Publishing (2003).

  37. Neal Lester. Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones Airbrushing the Ugliest of Ugly in African American Children's Books. Obsidian III Literature in the African Diaspora (2002).

  38. Review of: A Matter of Trust. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy (2002).

  39. Review of: Crowning Glory Poems. QBR The Black Book Review (2002).

  40. Review of: Standing on the Hyphen with Dr Olga I Davis. Legacy ASU African American Studies Program Newsletter (2002).

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Presentations

  1. Lester, Neal Nappy Edges and Goldy Locks The Race and Gender Politics of Hair. Addressing Junior and Senior English Classes. (Jan 2007).
  2. Lester, Neal Nappy Edges and Goldy Locks African Americans and the Politics of Hair. University Studies Lecture Series. (Nov 2006).
  3. Lester, Neal Don't Talk about My Mama The Dozens as African American Talkin' and Testifyin. Cathleen Lewis Exhibition. (Nov 2006).
  4. Lester, Neal Nappy Edges and Goldy Locks African Americans and the Politics of Hair. Arizona English Teachers Association Conference. (Oct 2006).
  5. Lester, Neal, McNeil, Elizabeth Paul Haggis's Crash. Films that Talk and Testify Department of English and CoCurricular Programs. (Feb 2006).
  6. Lester, Neal Suzan Lori Parks's Venus. The Venus Project African Diaspora Performance and African American Theatre. (Feb 2006).
  7. Lester, Neal, Scarberry Garcia, Susan Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God Self Identity and Storytelling Rituals. English 353 African American Literature I Beginning through Harlem Renaissance. (Nov 2005).
  8. Lester, Neal, McNeil, Elizabeth Terry George's Hotel Rwanda Films that Talk and Testify. Department of English and Co Curricular Programs. (Oct 2005).
  9. Lester, Neal, Anderson, Maria Find Your Places in the Sun Accessing Resources for Faculty of Color at Arizona State University. Inaugural Diversity in Higher Education Lecture Workshop Series Co Sponsored by REFOCUS. (Aug 2005).
  10. Lester, Neal Nappy Edges and Goldy Locks African Americans and the Politics of Hair. HairStories Exhibition Lecture. (Jul 2005).
  11. Lester, Neal Nappy Edges and Goldy Locks African Americans and the Politics of Hair. Maricopa College Writing Project. (Jun 2005).
  12. Lester, Neal Once Upon a Time in a Different World Conflict Controversy and Celebration in African American Children's Literature. Maricopa College Writing Project. (Jun 2005).
  13. Lester, Neal, Moss, Glenda Nappy Hair and Critical Literacy. DCI 598 Strategies III Best Literacy Practices. (Jun 2005).
  14. Lester, Neal Talkin' and Testifyin' African Americans Storytelling and Self Creation. Black Family Genealogy and History Society. (Jun 2005).
  15. Lester, Neal Once Upon a Time in a Different World: Conflict Controversy and Celebration in African American Children's Literature. Year Three Students. (May 2005).
  16. Lester, Neal Nappy Edges and Goldy Locks African Americans and the Politics of Hair. Year Four Students. (May 2005).
  17. Lester, Neal, Dugan, Jeanne African Americans and the Race and Gender Politics of Hair. English 217 Writing Reflective Essays. (Apr 2005).
  18. Lester, Neal, Baker, Aaron, Reyes, Angelita Oprah Winfrey Presents. Telefilm of Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God, short feature. (Mar 2005).
  19. Lester, Neal, Hastings, Rachel, Johnson, Javon, Thompson, Ayanna, Madison, D Performing Race Performing Spoken Word. Black History Month Celebration. (Feb 2005).
  20. Lester, Neal Talkin' and Testifyin' African Americans Storytelling and Self Creation. Last Word Lecture Series. (Feb 2005).
  21. Lester, Neal Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 911. Films that Talk and Testify Department of English and Co Curricular Programs. (Nov 2004).
  22. Lester, Neal, Davenport, Pamela Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God: Self-Identity and Storytelling Rituals. First Year Composition and Introduction to Literature. (Nov 2004).
  23. Lester, Neal Once Upon a Time in a Different World Conflict Controversy and Celebration in African American Children's Literature. First Thursday's Lecture Series. (Oct 2004).
  24. Lester, Neal Evaluating Progress toward Tenure and Promotion at all Levels and Moving toward Target Salaries. College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Chair Orientation. (Sep 2004).
  25. Lester, Neal, Alcott, Maya, Michno, Mandy African Americans and the Race and Gender Politics of Hair. Grades 7 and 8 Visual Arts and Language Arts. (Sep 2004).
  26. Lester, Neal Do You See What I See Do You Hear What I hear Becoming Better Adults through Toni Morrison's The Big Box and The Book of Mean People. American Literature Association Conference. (May 2004).
  27. Lester, Neal Nappy Edges and Goldy Locks African Americans and the Politics of Hair. Arizona Board of Regents. (Apr 2004).
  28. Lester, Neal, McNeil, Elizabeth Phillip Noyce's Rabbit Proof Fence. Films that Talk and Testify Department of English and Co Curricular Programs. (Apr 2004).
  29. Lester, Neal Talkin' and Testifyin' African Americans Storytelling and Self Creation. Black History Month Brown Bag Discussion. (Feb 2004).
  30. Lester, Neal Talkin' and Testifyin' African Americans Storytelling and Self Creation. Black History Month Celebration. (Feb 2004).
  31. Lester, Neal Nappy Edges and Goldy Locks African Americans and the Politics of Hair. Hair Stories ARTiculations Lectures. (Dec 2003).
  32. Lester, Neal Do You See What I See Do You Hear What I Hear Becoming Better Adults through Toni Morrison's Books for Children. Many Cultures Many Readers Many Books Arizona Reading Association Conference. (Nov 2003).
  33. Lester, Neal, Johnson, Charles, Hemphill, David The Politics of Black Humor in Literature Arts and Popular Culture. Barrett Honors College Centennial Lecture Series. (Nov 2003).
  34. Lester, Neal, McNeil, Elizabeth Michael Moore's Bowling for Columbine. Films that Talk and Testify Department of English and Co Curricular Programs. (Nov 2003).
  35. Lester, Neal, Whitaker, Matthew Spike Lee's Bamboozled. Young Democratic Socialists Movie Night. (Nov 2003).
  36. Lester, Neal Moistening the Desert Landscape An African American in Arizona. American Indian Programs and Events. (Oct 2003).
  37. Lester, Neal, Blasingame, Jim Controversies in African American Children's Literature An Example of Carolivia Herron's Nappy Hair. English 482 Methods of Teaching Language. (Oct 2003).
  38. Lester, Neal, Daly Goggin, Maureen Color Blind Circulating Perpetuating and Personifying BlackWhite Hetero Sexual Myths in Personal Ads Rhetorics and LiteraciesPast Present Future. The Western States Rhetoric and Literacy Conference. (Oct 2003).
  39. Lester, Neal, Roedel, Ron, Nelson, Peggy Strategies for Effective Teaching. Preparing Future Faculty Seminar. (Sep 2003).
  40. Lester, Neal, Bawolek, S, Ahrens, J All in the Same Boat The Writing Process and Product. Presentation for Ms S Bawolek and Ms J Ahrens's Sixth and Seventh Graders. (Sep 2003).

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Research Activity Research Awards

  1. Lester,Neal Andre * . Perils and Perks of Privilege. AZ HUMANITIES COUNCIL (10/18/2013 - 12/31/2014).
  2. Clarke,Deborah Lynn * , Lester,Neal Andre , Sadowski-Smith,Claudia , Saikia,Yasmin , . Globalizing Research and Teaching of American Literature. STATE-DOS (9/10/2013 - 8/31/2016).
  3. Davis,Olga Idriss Lester,Neal Andre Reid,Patrick D . Black Women Walking. AZ HUMANITIES COUNCIL (10/29/2012 - 3/15/2013).
  4. Mohrman,Kathryn * Lester,Neal Andre . Establishment and Administration of an American Center at Sichuan University. STATE-DOS (9/17/2010 - 6/30/2014).
  5. Lester,Neal Andre * . AFRICAN AMERICAN CHILDREN'S LITERATURE. AZ HUMANITIES COUNCIL (2/7/2001 - 6/30/2001).

* principal investigator

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