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Friends of the Library 2012-2013 Book Discussions

2012-09-04 11:16:09

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The Friends of the Cleveland State University Michael Schwartz Library presents its 2012/2013 Brown Bag Book Discussion Series. The first discussion features Their Eyes were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston on Thursday September 13 from 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. in the Michael Schwartz Library, Rhodes Tower, room 503. The discussion is in collaboration with the Academic Conference titled "Watching God and Reading Hurston*," which celebrates the 75th Anniversary of the publication of Their Eyes Were Watching God, one of the most important works of twentieth-century American literature. Meet Conference Director and Associate Professor of History at CSU, Dr. Regennia Williams, who will lead the conversation.

Zora Neale Hurston's beloved 1937 classic is an enduring Southern love story sparkling with wit, beauty, and heartfelt wisdom. Told in the captivating voice of a woman who refuses to live in sorrow, fear, or foolish romantic dreams, it is the story of fair-skinned, fiercely independent Janie Crawford, and her evolving selfhood through three marriages and a life marked by poverty, trials, and purpose. A true literary wonder, Hurston's masterwork remains as relevant and affecting today as when it was first published - perhaps the most widely read and highly regarded novel in the entire canon of African American literature. Their Eyes Were Watching God has been included in the Library of Congress exhibition "Books That Shaped America" as it reflects "our nation's unique and extraordinary literary heritage."

Refreshments will be provided.
Please call 216-875-9734 or email for more information about the book discussion.

More in discussions in the series:

  • Iron Heel by Jack London: Thursday, February 14, 2013 at noon
  • Doc by Mary Doria Russell: Thursday, March 21, 2013 at noon
  • Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power by Rachael Maddow: Thursday, April 4 at noon

*"Watching God and Reading Hurston: An International Interdisciplinary Academic Conference" will be held from September 19 through 22, 2012 at Cleveland State University and is open to all CSU faculty, staff, and students as well as the general public. Early registration deadline is September 15, 2012 (Encouraged for those interested in attending full conference with meal functions). Walk-in Registration: September 15 - 22, 2012. For more information, please contact Dr. Regennia Williams, Conference Director and Founder and Director of The Initiative for the Study of Religion and Spirituality in the History of Africa and the Diaspora (RASHAD) and The Cleveland Chautauqua Program at 216-523-7182 or

Friends of the Library Book Discussion
Their Eyes Were Watching God
By Zora Neale Hurston
Discussion Leader: Dr. Regennia Williams, Associate Professor of History at CSU
Thursday, September 13, 2012
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Michael Schwartz Library
1860 East 22nd Street
Rhodes Tower, Room 503
Free and open to the general public

Posted 2012-09-04 11:16:09 by Lauren_Felder.

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