TTT1803 January 15 African-American Literature
David Todd Lawrence is associate professor in the Department of English at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, where he teaches African-American literature and culture, folklore studies, and cultural studies. His new book, "When They Blew the Levee," co-authored with Elaine Lawless, is forthcoming in July from University of Mississippi Press. He is currently the interim director of the American Culture and Difference Program at St. Thomas. Lawrence discusses his new book and shares his thoughts on the power of literature and story to illuminate the black experience in America.