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Laurence Glasco, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh. Since coming to the Department in 1969, he has focused on African American history, both locally and globally. His extensive list of publications include August Wilson: Pittsburgh Places in His Life and Plays (Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation, 2011, with Chris Rawson).



Sandra G. Shannon, Ph.D., is a Full Professor of African American Literature, specializing in Dramatic Literature and Criticism at Howard University. She is one of the nation's leading scholars on the life and works of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson, and the founder of The August Wilson Society. Dr. Shannon's prolific publication record includes two book-length studies: The Dramatic Vision of August Wilson and August Wilson’s Fences: A Reference Guide; and one co-edited collection: August Wilson and Black Aesthetics.