- The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man and Souls of Black Folk essays compare and contrast the Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man by James Weldon Johnson and The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois.
MTSU professor Chris Harris recently had three of his early photographs of impoverished blacks from the sugarcane fields of Louisiana selected for use in a new film on author-poet-activist Alice Walker. Harris’ photographs come from a collection that Walker kept in her files for more than 30 years. They were discovered while doing research for the film. A photograph Harris shot of the author writing in her Jackson, Miss., home in 1977 was also chosen for the film, Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth, premiering summer 2013. Walker was the first African-American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize in fiction, for her 1983 novel The Color Purple. Harris shot hundreds of assignments for TIME, Newsweek, and the New York Times. His textbook, Visual Journalism, was recently released by Allyn & Bacon.
- Literature essays on Emerson and Thoreau show that Ralph Waldo Emerson spurred on the career of Henry David Thoreau as a friend, environmentalist and transcendentalist.
- Will You Walk Into My Parlor essays look at a novel by Theodore Dreiser, that teaches a lesson that the pursuit of power, and greed has a very real cost.