USF welcomes Caryl Phillips as scholar in residence
The University of South Florida Humanities Institute has tapped novelist, essayist and playwright Caryl Phillips to serve as its fall distinguished scholar in residence, spending next week on campus visiting classes and giving presentations.
Phillips is a writer and English professor at Yale University. He has published nine novels, five essay collections and four plays, as well as pieces for radio and film. Phillips, who was born in St. Kitts and came to Britain as a baby, often explores the experiences and identities of people from the African diaspora in England, the Caribbean and America. He has won the Martin Luther King Memorial Prize, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Commonwealth Writers Prize.
Phillips will visit undergraduate and graduate classes in the English, Africana studies and theater departments, and give two free presentations open to the public. A staged reading of his play, The Shelter, starts at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in room 120 of the Theatre Centre. And Phillips will deliver a keynote address titled “The Burdensome Expectations of the Colonial Migrant” at 6 p.m. Thursday in C.W. Bill Young Hall, room 206. He will sign books afterward. USF is at 4202 E. Fowler Ave. in Tampa.