2023 Conference Keynote Speaker


Dr.  Earl H. Brooks is a musician (saxophone) and Assistant Professor of English at UMBC. His book project, Resonance of Resistance: On the Rhetoric of Black Music, argues that there would be no Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Movement, or Black Arts Movement as we know these phenomena without Black music. Black musicians, such as John Coltrane, were deeply committed to the liberatory project of Black music, and this book traces his contributions through the lens of rhetorical studies. Brooks completed the McNair Scholars Program at the University of Kansas and is a proud alumnus and a current McNair Faculty Mentor.