Zora Neale Hurston Lecture
Please Note: This event is from 2014.
“Zora Neale Hurston: Ahead of the Curve Then and Now” lecture will be presented by Columbia University’s Associate Professor John McWhorter at Flagler College’s solarium. This lecture will touch on the Hurston’s controversial novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God.
McWhorter is Associate Professor in the English and Comparative Literature departments at Columbia and specializes in language and race relations. He earned a Ph.D. in linguistics in 1993 from Stanford University and has written numerous books of which the most popular are, The Power of Babel: A Natural History of Language, Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold History of English, Doing Our Own Thing: The Degradation of Language and Music and Why You Should, Like, Care, and Losing the Race: Self-Sabotage in Black America. He is a contributing editor for The New Republic and has been a contributing editor at The Root.com and City Journal as well as a columnist at The New York Sun and The New York Daily News.
McWhorter makes regular radio and television appearances on subjects ranging from politics, to language to race relations and has appeared on shows such as “The Colbert Report”, “Meet the Press”, “Real Time with Bill Mayer”, and many more as well as commentated on National Public Radio.
Who was Zora Neale Hurston?: Hurston was born in 1891 and her father was a Baptist preacher and tenant farmer and her mother worked as school-teacher. She was an American author, anthropologist and folklorist and her works centered on the African-American experience. Hurston was criticized at the time for her works in the 1930’s and 1940’s, but is now critically-acclaimed and her most famous novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937), has become a seminal work in both African-American and women’s literature. TIME including the novel in their 2005 list of the 100 best English-language novels published since 1923.
Where? Solarium of Ponce de Leon Hall at Flagler College located at 74 King Street, St. Augustine, FL 32084.
When? 3 pm on Saturday, February 8, 2014