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And Still I Rise: The Triumph of the African-American Spirit

And Still I Rise: The Triumph of the African-American Spirit

Using a variety of viewpoints and settings, these works investigate the hardships of the African-American experience and how, through friendship, family, love, and tradition, the featured characters persevere in spite of it all. This Let's Talk About It book discussion series takes place at the Hughes Main Library in downtown Greenville. To register and borrow books for this series, call 864-527-9258 or email .

Mama Day

Mama Day

by Gloria Naylor

Tue, Sep 10, 7p-8p, Hughes Main Library
Led by Dr. Mary Alice Kirkpatrick of Furman University. Dr. Mary Alice Kirkpatrick came to Furman in 2010 after teaching two years at Wake Forest University. With broad training as a comparativist, her interdisciplinary research and teaching reflect combined interests in African American literature and theory as well as black diasporic and Anglophone Caribbean studies.

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A Lesson before Dying

A Lesson before Dying

by Ernest J. Gaines

Tue, Sep 24, 7p-8p, Hughes Main Library
Led by Dr. Cheryl Collier of North Greenville University. Dr. Cheryl Collier, professor of English and English department chair at North Greenville University, was one of the recipients of the SCICU (South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities) Excellence in Teaching Award for 2010. She teaches American, Southern, and African-American literature, along with upper-level writing courses.

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Their Eyes Were Watching God

Their Eyes Were Watching God

by Zora Neale Hurston

Tue, Oct 8, 7p-8p, Hughes Main Library
Led by Dr. Jennifer Thomas of the South Carolina School for the Arts and Humanities. Dr. Jennifer Thomas, Academic and Humanities Chair of the South Carolina School for the Arts and Humanities, received her B.A. in English at Furman University; she earned the Ph.D. in English and Women's Studies at Emory University. As a postdoctoral Lilly Fellow in the Arts and Humanities (Valparaiso University) and at Newberry College here in South Carolina, Jennifer's teaching and scholarship focused on American Literature and Southern Studies.

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This Let's Talk About It book discussion series is generously underwritten by SC Humanities.