Saturday, February 23, 2013

On the Road: Prof. Schreiber in Atlanta

On Saturday, February 16, Professor Evelyn Schreiber was a guest speaker at Spelman College in Atlanta, GA, at a one-day Symposium, "Reading Morrison, Reading Home: Male Kin and Family Matters,"  sponsored by Spelman College and the Toni Morrison Society.  The morning panel, moderated by Prof. Michelle Hite, Spelman College, focused on Morrison's most recent novel, Home and featured four scholars:  Prof. Schreiber, Prof. Herman Beavers from University of Pennsylvania, Prof. Justine Tally from University of La Laguna, Spain, and Prof. Meredith Gadsby from Oberlin College. In the afternoon, a panel moderated by Prof. Stephen Knadler, Spelman College, discussed images of masculinity in Morrison's fiction and included four scholars:  Riche Richardson from Cornell University, Lawrence P. Jackson from Emory University, Stephane Dunn from Morehouse College, and Valerie Babb from University of Georgia.  Students and faculty from Spelman and Morehouse, as well as from other neighboring universities, took part in a rich discussion of Morrison's novels (Home in particular), covering her concepts about home, her male characters, and other topics that surfaced.  Spelman became quite literally a "home away from home" for Prof. Schreiber and the other guest speakers as they were housed in the new "Green Dorm," a lovely apartment-style dormitory that offers hospitality to visiting scholars via a group of suites on the third floor.   The fine soundproofing allowed Prof. Schreiber to get a good night's sleep before her talk despite a well-attended Friday-night campus party!


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