Courtney Thorsson is an associate professor in the English Department at the University of Oregon, where she teaches, studies, and writes about African American literature. Her first book Women’s Work: Nationalism and Contemporary African American Women’s Novels argues that Toni Cade Bambara, Paule Marshall, Gloria Naylor, Ntozake Shange, and Toni Morrison reclaim and revise cultural nationalism in their novels of the 1980s and 90s. Her most recent book, The Sisterhood: How a Network of Black Women Writers Changed American Culture tells the story of how a remarkable community of Black women writers and intellectuals transformed political, literary, and academic cultures. She is the recipient of a Public Scholars Award from the National Endowment for the Humanities in support of the research and writing of The Sisterhood.


Black Women’s Collectives

March 21, 2024 2PM – 3:30PM

Authors Ethel Morgan Smith and Courtney Thorsson explore how the bonds of Black women shaped America today.

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