Dr. Keith Clark, Professor of English and African American Studies at George Mason University and a prominent Gaines scholar, presented for the Third Annual Ernest J. Gaines Lecture on Friday, November 20, 2015, at 1:00 pm, in the Ernest J. Gaines Center, Dupré Library, UL Lafayette. Dr. Clark's lecture was titled "'This gon' be my place': Ernest J. Gaines and the Manifold Meanings of Home."
Keith Clark is the author of Black Manhood in James Baldwin, Ernest J. Gaines and August Wilson (2002) and editor of Contemporary Black Men's Fiction and Drama (2001). His latest book, The Radical Fiction of Ann Petry (2013), was published by LSU Press. His articles on Gaines include "Que(e)rying the Prison-House of Black Male Desire: Homosociality in Ernest Gaines's 'Three Men.'" His articles have been published in African American Review, Callaloo, Faulkner Studies, and other journals and collections. At present, he is working on a book on the fiction of Ernest J. Gaines. In a featured session at the 2014 Louisiana Book Festival, Dr. Clark conducted an interview and discussion with Gaines for a standing-room-only audience in the House Chamber of the Louisiana State Capitol.