E. Ethelbert Miller is a literary activist. He is the board chairperson of the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS). He is a board member of The Writer’s Center and editor of Poet Lore magazine. Since 1974, he has been the director of the African American Resource Center at Howard University. Miller is the former chair of the Humanities Council of Washington, D.C. and a former core faculty member of the Bennington Writing Seminars at Bennington College.

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New York Times LTE: Think Tanks and Corporate America

There's a subset of think tanks like IPS that don’t solicit contributions from governments and large corporations.
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The Pope’s Central Message

IPS's Board Chair reflects on Pope Francis's upcoming visit
More Than a Sonnet for Saul Landau

More Than a Sonnet for Saul Landau

E. Ethelbert Miller, IPS Board Chair, commemorates the legacy of IPS Fellow, filmmaker, and author Saul Landau.
What Do They Do?

What Do They Do?

Would you recognize a torturer if you saw one?
Tell Us About Your Dream, Marcus!

Tell Us About Your Dream, Marcus!

George Washington University Library held an event to honor IPS co-founder Marcus Raskin, whose collected papers will be archived at the library's Special Collection Research Center.

Loose Oil Is a Way of Life in West Africa

With worldwide desecration of the environment by oil spills, the words "black planet" take on new meaning.

When Leaders Sleep Do They Dream of Peace?

What if Ariel Sharon awoke from his vegetative state?
Interview with Virgil Suarez

Interview with Virgil Suarez

Cuban-American poet Virgil Suarez talks about the literal and literary bridges between Cuba and America.

Poem: 'The Genesis of Torture'

On the issue of torture, what goes around comes around.

Empire Roundtable

We asked FPIF's senior analysts to weigh in on the future course of American foreign policy: maintenance of empire or its rejection?

Stimulus: One Percent for the Imagination

Sign this petition, sponsored by IPS and Split this Rock, urging Congress to allocate 1 percent of the stimulus package to the arts.

Unleash the Arts: 1 percent of the Stimulus Package

What will be the fate of the arts during this recession? The Institute for Policy Studies recently launched a petition calling for 1 percent of the stimulus package to be spent on the arts.

Arts Stimulus Plan

Here’s a detailed call for the stimulus plan to include a program that will support artists and writers.

Richard Wright on Black Power

On the 100th anniversary of Richard Wright's birth, E. Ethelbert Miller interviews three scholars on the writer's take on Africa and colonialism.
Interview with R. Victoria Arana

Interview with R. Victoria Arana

E. Ethelbert Miller talks with R. Victoria Arana about new black literature in Britain and its take on empire.

The Poetics of Botero's Abu Ghraib Paintings

Fernando Botero has created a powerful series of paintings about torture. An interview with two poets on this groundbreaking work.
Interview with Edwidge Danticat

Interview with Edwidge Danticat

E. Ethelbert Miller talks with Edwidge Danticat about her new memoir, U.S. immigration law, and U.S.-Haitian relations.
Interview with Anya Achtenberg

Interview with Anya Achtenberg

E. Ethelbert Miller talks to novelist Anya Achtenberg about Cambodia, memory, and the lives of others.
Interview with David Mura

Interview with David Mura

The Japanese American writer talks with E. Ethelbert Miller about Asia, racism, and the foreign policy of Minnesota.
Interview with Kalamu ya Salaam

Interview with Kalamu ya Salaam

Poet and educator Kalamu ya Salaam talks with E. Ethelbert Miller about Hurricane Katrina, war, and geopolitics.

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In the News

CityLit returns with a focus on social justice

The Baltimore Sun | April 8, 2016

Stimulus: One Percent for the Imagination

The Nation | February 2, 2009

Unleash the Arts: 1 percent of the Stimulus Package

The Asheville (NC) Citizen-Times | February 2, 2009